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Has it already been 10 years since I became a mother?  I really just can’t believe it, but it’s true!

Ethan turned 10 on January 31st and it’s such a heartwarming feeling to see how much he has grown…especially since Facebook “reminds” us of our memories from years ago on such and such a date.

This year, we had initially planned to have a simple football themed party at home but earlier in January, he attended a laser tag birthday party and got hooked.  So we decided to have a small gathering at Laser Warzone in Gurney Plaza instead (otherwise he would be playing pretend laser tag all around the house and I can’t have that!)

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I incorporated the original football theme into this laser tag venue celebration.  Obviously Ethan’s favorite soccer team played a huge role in the theme, food and party pack decor.

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The kids just could not wait to get down to laser tag business.

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They had 4 laser tag games in total and we played 2 solo games and 2 team games.  Of course the cake cutting and food was done right before the last game, so that the kids could “refuel”.

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Laser Tag parties = good workout for the kids with good clean fun (read: they sleep better at night); Also, minimal preparation for the party and the following day Ethan said his friends commented that it was the best birthday party ever!  Guess it was a resounding success! :)

After the party, we did some Chinese New Year shopping and ended up having dinner at Chili’s.  They still gave a free dessert for the birthday boy, so Ethan got his song and dessert too! :)

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 HAPPY BIRTHDAY ETHAN!!!

Emma-34months

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Candy QP Freebie from Mediterranka Design

Weight

Between 10.0-10.2 kilos, weight is steadily increasing and she is quite open to trying new foods.  Sometimes she will even rub her tummy and say “I’m hungreeeee Mommy!!”

Height/Length

Not measured.

Teeth

Full set of 20 milk teeth now. :)

Developmental Milestones

  • Emma is very curious and wants to know what everyone is doing.  However, instead of asking, “What are you doing Mommy?”, she will say, “Mommy doing?” ….and “Hannah doing?”, “Ethan doing?” etc
  • Expresses opinions and wants: “I want to drink milk!” “No, I don’t want to touch it!” “I want to eat noodles!”
  • Emma is eagerly exploring pretend play and she will happily make me some food or drinks from the pretend kitchen. “Kids cannot drink coffee..” she’ll say.
  • Running around so much more nowadays and likes to climb up and down on the pew benches in church. *face palm*

Food and Feeding

During the past month, I’ve tried serving her 2 new foods besides her usual porridge, chicken and veggies.  She tried spaghetti with chicken cacciatore, a lovely tomato based gravy that she simply loves.  I was hesitant all this while because the last time I gave her spaghetti, she started scratching.  So I stopped for some time.  She seems fine now so all’s good.

She also tried a comforting and tasty Peanut and pork soup which she absolutely loves!  No signs of allergy either, so that makes me very happy!  Izumio must have had a big role to play reversing the allergic reactions. :)

She is still consuming Izumio and Super Lutein as health supplements for her general wellbeing and also to tackle her eczema issues.  She will know how to ask for her “mio” when she needs it and constantly requests for her “capsules” too.  Maybe what we hear about kids knowing what’s good for them is true after all.

Emma has also taken a liking to drinking soy milk.  I at first tried giving her some whole milk but she didn’t go past a few sips.  Soy milk she can finish a whole lot at one go!  I’m looking for less sweet options though … unless I make soy milk on my own at home.

Toilet Training

She will tell me when she wants to pee pee or poo poo but it is mostly too late, and she will say “stinky butt” and laugh and say, “Sorry Mommy…Emma poo poo again!”

 

This week, most kids start a new school year, and so did my kids.  For Hannah, it was also a new school and a whole new experience.

We were initially going to homeschool Hannah but over the holidays, we decided that it would be in her best interest to let her start in a brick and mortar school first.  My little snowflake thrives with friends around her and is very sociable.  Her kindergarten teacher also commented that she looked rather sad when her kindergarten friends were discussing their impending school lives, so we figured she was ready for school.  After all, we can homeschool anytime we want, but we can’t go to regular school that easily if we homeschool first.  I guess it doesn’t hurt to try.

She attended an interview and an assessment test at her new school at the beginning of the holidays.  She was assessed on I.Q., English and Bahasa Malaysia, and I am pleased that she did very well.

So over the holidays, I had been busy getting her school gear, wrapping school books, and oh yeah…ironing school uniforms.

And finally January 5th came!

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Look at how happy she is!  She looks forward to going to school every day, and I am so blessed that my kids don’t complain at all.  No tears and all happiness… ♥♥♥

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She’s definitely gotten a good headstart in school, and she eagerly gets ready every morning.  I am not too bothered about good grades and all, but I believe that the experience she gains from being in a school environment (like a “little world”) is crucial in bringing out the best in her.

  • Hannah has lunch in school, and I allow her to select her meals on her own.  Gives her a sense of independence and accountability.
  • Hannah has her own locker in school, so she can leave most of her books in the locker and only brings back those she needs.  I am against heavy school bags for kids, so this is a good plus point.  I also got her a lock for the locker, with a number combination which she needs to remember.  Again…a very good way to instill responsibility.
  • She has her own planner where she will need to jot down any notes to remind her to do or bring stuff, homework assignments, etc.

She is very happy thus far, and that in turn makes me happy too.  Couldn’t ask for more…

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Ladybugs Polka Dots Freebie QP from Courtney’s DigiScrappin’

Weight

Between 9.9-10.1kilos now…. she finally breached the 10 kilo mark!  Yay for Emma!
She will eagerly go to the weighing scale and ask to be weighed.

Height/Length

Not measured.

Teeth

I just counted her teeth and can confirm that she has her full set of 20 milk teeth now. :)

Developmental Milestones

  • Emma can carry on a good conversation now.  She is finally saying “Please” and “Thank you”, and sometimes even asks us to say “Please Emma”. hahaha
  • She will tell us “I don’t want….” this or that.
  • She can string longer sentences together now. eg. “Snoopy’s not scary anymore, Mommy.  Snoopy’s a cute dog!”
  • Emma is asserting confidence and wants to be all grown-up.  When she sees something she wants to do, she will say, “Let me try!” or “Let Emma try!”
  • Asks questions: “What’s that?” “Where’s Hannah?” “Where’s Daddy?” “Where’s Ethan?”
  • Gives responses: “Hannah’s in school.” “Daddy’s in the office.” “Ethan is in the playroom.”
  • Sometimes mixes up “pee pee” and “poo poo”, so we have to gauge what she means when she says it.

Food and Feeding

Emma loves a good bowl of homecooked soup and even better if it is served with steamed rice.  I’m trying different soup combinations:  Apple with pork ribs soup, ABC soup (Carrot, tomatoes, potatoes, onion), mushroom soup, etc.

She also loves orange juice and Vitagen (orange flavor).  She also loves fresh fruits (watermelon currently her favorite, with kiwi and apple following in a close second).  She doesn’t really fancy ice cream though… funnily enough, she tried Baskin Robbins’ ice cream and she was okay, but when she tried some unidentified ice cream from the restaurant, she had rashes around her lips.

I’m also trying some fresh milk with her, she currently drinks just a little.  No adverse reactions so far.

She is still consuming Izumio and Super Lutein as health supplements for her general wellbeing and also to tackle her eczema issues.  She will know how to ask for her “mio” when she needs it and constantly requests for her “capsules” too.  Maybe what we hear about kids knowing what’s good for them is true after all.

 

Yesterday evening, while we were out on one of our Christmas shopping trips, I asked Hannah if she was all ready to get her ears pierced.  She had been requesting to get her ears pierced for a couple of months now, but we just could not find the time yet.

I had never made it compulsory for her to pierce her ears.  When she had asked me years before if all girls had to do it, I reassured her that it was entirely up to her.  And I told her it didn’t matter if she did it now, or 10 years later or even not do it at all…

However, she recently told me she wanted to get her ears pierced and since we were at the mall where my friend told me she took her girls to get their ears pierced, we decided to go for it, since Hannah confidently said, “Of course I’m ready Mommy!  Let’s go!”

Some ear-piercing stalls do the piercing for both ears together, but since the lady was solely manning her stall, she did it one ear at a time.

First Hannah was asked to choose a pair of stainless steel earrings to be worn after the piercing.  She chose a pair of earrings with a green emerald-like stone.

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Next, the lady piercer marked 2 dots on her ear lobes so that she will know where to place the piercing.  I had to ask her to change the positioning a couple of times…until I was absolutely satisfied.

Before the actual piercing, some numbing spray was applied to the ear lobes, to lessen the pain.  Then the ears were pierced.

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After the first piercing, Hannah said, “It’s painful!  Feels like she stapled my ear!!”

But she was ok to go through the second one and I told her it was just going to be a few seconds….

After the procedure, I asked her if she regretted doing it and she said no. :)

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She’s very very happy and loves her earrings.  In fact, she has been telling me that she would like to wear my other earrings and that we can share earrings too!  Haha…

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Hannah’s 4-year adventure from Playgroup, through Nursery, Kindergarten 1 and then Kindergarten 2, culminated in a simple yet meaningful graduation ceremony for all the K2 graduands, held in the school grounds on the Saturday after the last day of school.

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My little girl had been looking forward to this day for a long time and she had also been eagerly practising one of their celebratory songs “Yesterday’s Dream”.

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Dressed beautifully in a long, white gown, Hannah was, in my opinion, the perfect picture of poise and confidence, as she walked up to accept her graduation certificate.

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The graduation ceremony marks the end of her preschool journey, with a promise of many exciting things up ahead.

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So proud of you, my little snowflake!  You’re destined for great things and I’m loving each moment and each day spent with you, watching you grow and bloom!

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  • When he discusses video game tactics, and leaderboard scores with his dad, and you have absolutely nothing to contribute to the conversation.
  • When he knows most of the songs on the radio, including the singers
  • When he knows trivia about entertainers you know nothing about.
  • When he figures out how to tune the radio in his room to his favorite radio channel, and spends time “chillin'” by listening to the radio.
  • When he goes off for “jamming sessions” with his friends and performs onstage playing the ukulele in school talent shows (and emerges a winner!)

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[ Apologies for the blurry image – can I say I did that on purpose? ]

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  • When he seems to be hungry for food all the time.
  • When we have to change his shampoo from the kiddie type to the regular kind.
  • When he expresses his “genuine concern” on financial matters.

Why do kids grow up so FAST?

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Emma-32months

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Romantic Spring Collaboratio Kit from Ptitesouris

 

Weight

9.8 kilos.  Slowly but surely reaching the big ten soon!

Height/Length

Not measured.

Teeth

After that first visit to the dentist, we can now confirm that Emma has a total of 18 teeth, with 2 top molars to come.

Developmental Milestones

  • Emma is very much the little copycat and enjoys copying whatever her siblings do and say, especially Hannah.
  • She is also very exploratory in nature and loves to show me she can do lots of stuff, saying, “Mommy, look at me!”
  • Likes to be “part of the conversation”. When Ethan and Hannah are talking among themselves and make a joke, Emma will also chime in with laughter.
  • Loves watching shows with musical elements in them, her current favorites being the Little Einsteins series.

Food and Feeding

Her current favorite foods are chicken porridge, pumpkin porridge, chicken (steamed or roasted), steamed broccoli, “wan ton mee” and “shang mee”.

She is still consuming Izumio and Super Lutein as health supplements for her general wellbeing and also to tackle her eczema issues.

 

Emma-31months

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June Part 2 collaboration kit from DMS
Fresh Breeze Alphas from A work in progress

Weight

9.6 kilos ~ there hasn’t been a lot of change to her weight.  Probably because she has been running around a lot lately.

Height/Length

Not measured.

Teeth

After that first visit to the dentist, we can now confirm that Emma has a total of 18 teeth, with 2 top molars to come.

Developmental Milestones

  • Emma enjoys playground equipment, especially the slides.
  • Loves dancing and will move her entire body to music, smiling and saying “Haha…dancing!”
  • Loves to paint ~ by dabbling the paint with a brush all over the paper.
  • She is making short sentences now: “I want eat chicken rice”. “I want go downstairs”.
  • She asks “What’s that?” or “Oh what’s that?” to almost everything and anything.
  • She gives her opinion: “Hannah funny!” or “Ethan funny!”
  • However, I have noticed that she will assert her “power” when she doesn’t get her way.

Food and Feeding

Hand-spoon-mouth coordination has improved and there is more food going into her and less food outside, but cleaning up is still a headache.  She prefers rice but sometimes will ask for noodles (which she affectionately calls “tarpow” ~ because I hardly cook noodles at home) and “Koay-teow”.

She is still consuming Izumio and Super Lutein as health supplements for her general wellbeing and also to tackle her eczema issues.

Toilet Training

I am not consciously potty training Emma yet, but she sometimes does tell me when she needs to peepee or poopoo.  In fact just yesterday she said “Mommy, poopoo” and gave me that “poopoo” look.  I promptly took her to the toilet and she successfully made her first deposit!! :)

I am blessed to have Hannah who is very willing and happy to help toilet train her sister; Hannah will eagerly give Emma stickers for every successful toilet training achievement.

At the pinnacle of Hannah’s preschool journey, we have the school concert.  Unlike any regular preschool concert, her school prides itself in producing spectacular performances which is one-of-a-kind, in a edu-theater style and is a whole play in itself.  From the writing of the script, to choreography and to the beautiful costumes, I am always left in awe when I watch her preschool concerts.

This year was even more special than last year’s, because it was her final year in preschool, and Hannah had been eagerly waiting for the concert day.

Now, unlike the past years where the concert was produced in either tri-lingual or bi-lingual, this year the kids put up 2 separate stories which were loved by all: The Pied Piper of Hamelin (in Chinese) & Treasure Island (in English).  I found the story line more enjoyable when the concert is done in a single language for separate stories, like this year.

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From the beginning of the school year, Hannah had been eagerly awaiting the concert.  From the inception of the play to the casting of the parts, to the selection of costumes, and rehearsing, she had been excitedly updating me in bits and pieces…so as not to reveal the entire story altogether.

For a bunch of 6-year-olds, performing this school play was no mean feat, given that there were many costume changes involved and everything had to be done in super-quick time.

Here are a few random shots from her concert performance.  Hannah played several parts in the concert:

  • One of the mice in the Pied Piper of Hamelin
  • One of the citizens in the village of Hamelin
  • Tattoo Charlie in Treasure Island
  • Queen Benjamina Gunn in Treasure Island (The original story casted this as Benjamin Gunn, the marooned crewman on a remote island, but in Hannah’s concert, the script was rewritten to replace Ben Gunn with Queen Benjamina Gunn)

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We have every reason possible to be beaming with pride for our little girl.  She performed every single role with such passion and commitment, and she was full of confidence on stage.  I could hardly believe she was just a wee little baby not too long ago.

She told me later that she enjoyed performing so much, she wished there would be another concert soon!

Well done, my little snowflake!

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Note: We respect your privacy, so if you see a picture of your child in this post and would prefer for me to blot out his/her face, please email me at joyce.cheah (at) gmail.com and I will do the needful.  Thank you.

 

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