Thursday, March 12, 2015

Embracing Motherhood

It has been about 3 weeks since I became a mother of 3, and it has been tiring to say the least. I have always found taking care of a newborn challenging... The sleep deprivation, the engorgement and other breastfeeding issues, the cries of your newborn, the emotional roller coasters... It was tough with my first baby, tough with my second and now with my third, not any easier. But the day they look you in the eye and give you that first smile, all tiredness melts away and you feel like the happiest mama on earth.

As a little girl, I have always dreamt of marrying the man of my dreams and having children. But I never knew what being a mom entailed, until I became one. The first month with my first born was probably the most trying period of my life. I was knocked to my knees and I found myself asking God for strength and wisdom for the parenting journey. There was so much to worry about and so much beyond my control, the only thing I can do, is get on my knees and pray. Thankfully, the first month went by in a flash and the subsequent months parenting an infant was easier. Baby started sleeping thru the night and I got the sleep I craved. Baby started making eye contact, cooing and gurgling as you sang, and letting out squeals of laughter as you made funny faces... What joy! I went back to full time work when my maternity leave ended and coming home to my baby was what I looked forward to after a long day at work. In that first two years, we experienced many firsts... First smiles, first steps, first hospital stay, first words, first tantrums... Along with it, we experienced joy, anxiety, sadness, excitement... And life was so much fuller with the addition of a little one.

Even though I never quite enjoyed the newborn phase (especially now that I am going thru it again), I have enjoyed every moment of being a mother. Truly, "the days are long but the years are short". On days when I'm exhausted and running on reserve energy, I wish nap time would come by quickly so I can take a much needed break... But when my children's birthdays roll around, I find myself holding back tears as I sing them a birthday sing, just cos I can't bear to have them grow up so quickly. Not wanting to miss out on their growing up years, I made the decision to quit my full time job three years ago, with my husband's blessings. Being a stay home mom has been truly rewarding and I wouldn't trade it for any other job in the world.

Motherhood is nothing I imagined it to be, but everything I want it to be. I am thankful for these three boys who call me "mommy" and I pray daily that God will help me be the mother that He has called me to be.

Children are a heritage from the Lord,
    offspring a reward from him.
Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
are children born in one’s youth.
Blessed is the man
whose quiver is full of them.

- Psalm 127:3-5

This post is part of a Blog Train hosted by Dominique at Dominique's Desk. Hop on the train to hear other mums share about embracing motherhood.


Next up, we have Christy who blogs at Kids 'R' Simple. Christy has 3 young lovely children and she wants them all to know that motherhood is no easy task. She wrote down her thoughts and struggles of being a mom, and wants her children to know that being a mother is not about sacrificing everything and losing her identity as a woman, but it can be an enjoyable journey if they follow her list. Every mother has her own set of advice for her children, stay tune tomorrow at Kids 'R' Simple to find out what is Christy's list of things that she wants her children to know about motherhood!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

You are 4!

Dear Noah,

We have been counting down to your birthday and it is finally here! You have been looking forward to turning 4 and when you woke up seeing the "1" on the clock in your room... You exclaimed, "look, 1 on the clock. It's my birthday today!"

I think the best present for you this year is a baby brother to call you "Kor Kor Noah". You have been the sweetest Kor Kor around... Asking "when is baby going to come out", as we waited for baby's arrival; wanting to hold baby Nico so often and singing to him when he cries; being patient with mommy when I couldn't attend to you as I was busy with baby Nico; and playing quietly by yourself when I needed to take a nap. You make a great big brother and I hope the three of you will always enjoy growing up with one another.

I thought you were showing signs of being displaced when you started asking to be carried, to be fed, and wanting mommy / daddy to take a shower for you. Know that you always have a special place in my hearts, and mommy and daddy loves you all the same.

Some things about the four year old you...
1) Your favorite superheroes include spiderman, Incredible Hulk, Michelangelo and Luke Sky Walker.
2) Thanks to daddy, you know quite a bit about Star Wars and enjoy flipping thru ur Star Wars encyclopedia by yourself.
3) You love eating strawberries, kiwis, dragon fruits. You requested for a chocolate cake with strawberries for your birthday cos Kor Kor likes chocolate and you like strawberries. You are thoughtful in that way... Always thinking about the ones you love.
4) Your eyes sparkle when I praise you for a job well done. I believe "words of affirmation" is your love language just like your daddy's.
5) You enjoy story time and wouldn't go to sleep until we've read you a bedtime story. You can read simple readers by yourself (from memory) and love reading to mommy, daddy or kor kor.
6) You never fail to amuse us with your wise cracks, surprise us with your Lego and origami creations, and exasperate us with your 101 questions.

It has been a joy raising you and I continue to pray that you will grow in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.

Happy birthday Noah Baey!


Saturday, February 14, 2015

2014 in pictures

When I wrote 2013 in pictures about a year back, I had grand plans of drafting out this post that I'm currently writing and updating it month by month so I'd have something ready by the time 2015 rolls around... Well, that grand plan did not materialise, and now... in the middle of February 2015, I'm finally ready with this...

The biggest change to the start of the year has to be Noah starting N1. Thankfully, he settled into the new environment and new routine really quickly and looks forward to going to school everyday.

My baby brother is in St James too!

A month of celebrations with Chinese New Year, Valentine's Day and my birthday.

Dong Dong Qiang!

Valentine's Day picnic at Garden's By the Bay

We celebrated Noah's 3rd birthday with a short staycation at Rasa Sentosa. This boy loves hotels and bath tubs and this was a present he really enjoyed.

Building sand castles with his brother

We also celebrated daddy's birthday the same month with a cake that the boys helped to bake.

Happy birthday daddy!

Nathan started swim lessons at the beginning of the year and passed his first swim test this month. He looks forward to swim class every week. :)

WOO HOO! I passed!

Every Mother's Day, I'm reminded that I'm so blessed to have these boys in my life...

That same month, Nathan performed in a violin concert. I am one proud mama.

It's the school holidays and we spent almost two weeks in Macau and Hong Kong. Family holidays are precious... I like how it takes us away from our daily routine and distractions, to spend time as a family...

Cable car ride to Ngong Ping

Dong Dong Qiang!

Family devotions

Napping on the go...

Planning our route

Disneyland :)

Riding a flying elephant

Meeting Pooh bear

Holidays are so much fun!

And because holidays are so much fun, we went on another one with our church friends. Bintan we went...

The sun, the sea and the sand with a great bunch of friends

We celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary and found out that we were expecting baby no.3!

I thank God for you every single day!

We managed to get tickets to the National Day Parade Preview. Woo hoo!

It is always a bitter sweet feeling for me, when my boys' birthdays roll around. I can't bear having them grow up so quickly! Nathan's 5th birthday...

Celebrating Nathan's birthday at Legoland

Two milestones for our just-turned-5 Nathan.

First, he learned to cycle on two wheels.


Second, he scored a distinction in his first violin exam.

First Violin Exam

Seems like the school year zoomed by so quickly. This photo was taken on the last day of school. Nathan's done with K1 and going on to his final year in kindy. Noah's done with his first year in kindy, and moving on to N2 next year. We're so thankful that the boys enjoy school and look forward to it everyday.

I love my brother!

A busy month with the highlight being our family holiday to Koh Samui. We admired God's creation, rode on an elephant, soaked in bath tubs, built sand castles, basked in the sun, and swam naked (just the two small boys) in a private jacuzzi.

Intercontinental Hotel, Koh Samui

Bath tub buddies

Dearest D,

Reflecting on the year that has gone by, I am once again filled with thankfulness for God's manifold blessings on us. It is my third year as a stay home mom. It is such a joy, privilege and blessing to spend almost all my waking moments with our boys, and I am convinced that my calling this season is to be a stay home mom. Thanks for working so hard so I can fulfil my calling as a mother. Know that you are greatly loved and appreciated.


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Kids' Fiesta 2015

Kids' Fiesta is back! Twice the size and thrice the FUN!

Looking for something fun to do during the March holidays? Hop on over to Suntec Convention Hall for Kids' Fiesta 2015.

Tickets are priced at $20 (early bird promotion) and that entitles you to 5 FUNTASY rides, 4 FUNTASY activities and a goodie bag worth $50 (while stocks last)! There are also Meet & Greet sessions with Dora the Explorer, Batman and Pikachu.

What are you waiting for? Get your tickets at kids or call ticketing hotline at 6357 5165.

Check here for event updates.

Friday, January 23, 2015

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs

Following this conversation that we had in the car about a week ago...

Dean: When baby joins us, the three of you will be the three little pigs. So which pig are you?
Nathan: I am the pig who built the house of bricks. 
Dean: What about you Noah? 
Noah: I am the master builder pig. 
Nathan: You are the master builder pig who built the house of sticks. 
Noah: No! The master builder pig uses LEGO!

We have been reading this book every.single.night.

Noah loves it and has been asking for it every single night!

I'm not going to spill the beans here... Go get your very own copy of The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs. I'm pretty sure that it's a book that'll be enjoyed by all in the family.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

First Day of School 2015

This photo made me smile...

Both of them were excited about going back to school after a fun filled holiday. Both of them waved goodbye and walked into their respective classrooms cheerily. It is Nathan's last year in pre-school and like always, I can't believe that my boys are growing up so quickly. It is my prayer that they'll enjoy their time in school, and have wonderful memories of their pre-school years.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve Extension

The Sungei Buloh Wetland extension just opened a month ago (in Dec 2014) and we decided to check it out today. Blessed with good weather, we enjoyed an easy stroll along the coastal route. The route was mostly flat with paved or wooden plank paths. It is stroller friendly except for a section of gravel path, which might make for a slightly bumpy ride. Still, I'd recommend bringing a stroller along if you're bringing a baby / toddler who isn't capable of walking an almost 1.5km route independently.

We started at the Kranji Way entrance, which is a good starting point especially if you are taking the young ones along. The Junior Adventure Trial is right next to the Visitor Centre, and it is a good place to get the kids excited about the nature walk. The Visitor Centre houses the Mangrove Gallery which provides lots of information on what you might expect to see in a Wetland Reserve. It is a must visit before you embark on the trial, unless you plan on doubling back later.

Do visit the toilets located at the Visitor Centre before you embark on the trial, as you won't have access to one until the end of the trial.

We followed the Coastal Route (marked in red on the map below) all the way to the Wetland Reserve. It took us about 1h 15min to cover the 1.5km route at a leisurely pace. Thereafter, Dean walked thru Neo Tiew Carpark and down Neo Tiew Cresecent back to our car that was parked at the Kranji Way entrance, while we checked out the information boards at the Wetland Reserve while waiting for him to come and pick us up. It turned out to be a good arrangement as it took him just 10 minutes to get to our car, and I really doubt our boys would enjoy doubling back on the same coastal route nor walking along the road back to the car. It is recommended to visit during low tide, so do check tide timings when planning your visit.

1) Junior Adventure Trial

At the Junior Adventure Trial, kids can pretend to be mudskippers (or any mangrove creature they fancy) in a mangrove swamp. Adult supervision is recommended as some parts aren't exactly toddler friendly. The boys enjoyed riding on the pulley boat the most, and said that the Junior Adventure Trial was one of their favourite parts of the nature walk.

2) Observation Pods

There are four observation pods along the entire trial. The elevation allows visitors a bird's eye view of the Wetland Reserve. 

3) Mid Canopy Walk

A 120m long bridge takes you thru a mid canopy forest. We could hear birds, crickets and frogs as we made our way across the bridge.

4) Eagle Point

My personal favourite. Enjoy the breeze as you stroll along the board walk that takes you to the eagle point. 

5) Mud Flats

The boys liked the interactive display that tells us about the different creatures living at varying depths of the mud bed.

The mud experience involves walking across a rope bridge. Note that this is only possible during low tide. We spotted mudskippers and crabs on the mudflats. This was the other highlight for the boys.

The Sungei Buloh Wetland extension is worth a visit. Pick a day with fine weather, slap on the mosquito repellant and spend some time getting acquainted with nature. We'll be back!

Do check out the HSBC Tree Top walk as well. The Sungei Buloh Wetland reserve is more suitable for pre-schoolers though.