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Happy Doggie Year!

It’s 1 a.m on the 1st day of Chinese New Year. On behalf of Declan, I will like to wish everyone a Happy, Fruitful and Prosperous Doggie Year! Hope everyone will have a smooth sailing year ahead! Gongxi Gongxi!!!

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On the eve of Chinese New Year Eve, a business associate invited us to his office at One Fullerton for a simple buffet dinner as well as to view the fireworks. This time we need not wait till 12am. The fireworks took place at 8.00p.m I shall “share the fireworks” with all of u!!

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Hope everyone’s 2006 will be as bright and vibrant as the fireworks!

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To enroll or not?

The dad was badly traumatized by the last pic in my previous post. The pic which Declan was seemingly eating alone. Actually that was not really the true scenario. The true scenario was like this : He came down from his classroom for lunch. He saw me, smiled, but didn’t rush over to cling to me. For that I am proud of him. He went along with his teachers and friends to the dining tables. The centre folks brought out the little bowls and laid them on the table and then the little ones will proceed to choose their own seat. I was the one who pulled out the chair of that particular seat for Declan. As I was squatting next to the table, no other child can squeeze through to the chair inside. After he settled down and started feeding himself, I stood up to take that picture. Didn’t know why that pic turned out to have this lonely mood hanging around it. It was really a wrong representation which even con me, the photographer…

As I was looking at the pic yesterday, I was also chatting with Mama Kwai Yoke on MSN. I was telling her, as I typed on my keyboard, my tears actually drop… so drama mama…. so unlike myself…. I guess me and Kiat look at the picture and let ourself illusionized that our little one will be so poor thing if left there… Maybe, we are trying to find excuses for us to keep him at home.. to protect him from all the external factors…. Mama Kwai Yoke gave me encouragement and I will like to thank her for sharing her experience with me.

Kiat even go the point of asking me to take down the pic… if not he’ll not visit my blog again… I refused.. I told him we had to face it and anyway.. that pic was a misrepresentation.. he was indeed enjoying his lunch… HA! that emotional daddy, but that goes to show how much he sayang his little boy.

Fannie, to be frank, we are not coping too well… In fact there was a point yesterday afternoon that both me and Kiat agreed to send him in only when he turns 2. It was after much consideration, taking into account he has been there for 2 full days.. if we gonna delay it further, he’ll have to start all over again. I told myself, that will be even more traumatizing for him. There will be heartache, and at times I feel that I was a bad mama who push him over his limits, but I guess that is a phase all mums have to go through. Anyway Mama Kwai Yoke shared that it’s actually easier for them to cope if they are younger.

Mama Blurblur, the centre do have half day programme, however that will not be an option for us as neither Kiat nor me will be able to pick him up and there will not be school bus service for half day programme.

Yes, after all the heartache and debating with my own soul I have decided, together with Kiat to go along our initial plan and let him learn to be independent. I always wanted a streetwise kid who can take care of himself. He ain’t the really dependent nor shy type. He’s a bit whiny these 2 days as I guess he’s just not use to the centre’s environment.

Cherie Hearts may not be the top notch child care centre on this island, but I am very comfortable with their teachers and centre director. The teachers were really patient with Declan. They took turns to coax and comfort him. The centre director will update me on the development of Declan through sms when I was not around. What’s more there is this little girl in his class who will always take tissue and wipe away his tears when he’s crying. She’ll come pat his head and hold his hands. Very sweet little girl ๐Ÿ™‚ She’s actually the centre director’s daughter.

The trial was over. The real war will start on 01 Feb 2006. Help bless my child and hope he will be brave as a warrior to conquer his new territory!

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1st Day at school

Yesterday was Declan’s first day at his playgroup. He woke up early thinking that Daddy and Mummy were gonna bring him out. Kiat dressed him and I prepared all his stuffs for him. Look at him carrying his own water bottle. Sorry about the quality of the pics. I didn’t on enough lights that’s why it looks real dark.

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He was ok when we arrived at the school, he refused to eat the cod liver oil when the teacher tried to feed him.

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They gave him breakfast, wholemeal bread with butter and milo. He only took a bite of the bread and I had to help him finish the rest and he didn’t drink his milo.

The centre will start each day with assembly. Declan didn’t take to the assembly too well. I think it’s due to the fact that he hates to be confined. Throughout the assembly he kept tugging at me, trying to pull me over to the stairs wanting to venture up the stairs to the dinning area and probably out the door. He gets more agitated as I tried to keep him in the hall with the rest of the kids.

After the assembly, all the students will return to their classrooms. That is when Dec started to cry. He lost his cool. He didn’t’ want to stay in the classroom, he didn’t want to mix with his classmates, he didn’t want any of the toys given to him, he’s not even interested when the teacher did music and movement, which is very unlike him. All he wanted was to get out of the door. One of the teacher gave him a small candy and he calmed down. He stopped crying totally when the class started to play with building blocks. He went to the box and picked up a few blocks, walk to one corner, threw them down and played with it on his own. One little girl came over wanted to play with him, but he hanged up and sell. Seeing that he had stopped crying, i sneaked out of the classroom. He didn’t cry…… as yet..

He started crying again, when they put away the building blocks as it was playdoh time. I was in the dinning hall, where I could hear him and the centre director showed me a window which I could peep into his classroom. He was seated on the lap of the teacher and crying. I didn’t want to go in and disturb, I prefer him to try to get use to me not being around. After awhile he stopped crying and played with the playdoh. After playdoh was lunch time.

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See, he fed himself ๐Ÿ™‚ Didn’t cry. I was there though. Somehow, I’m always washed over with emotions when I see this pic. I kept thinking.. so poor thing… looking at the tiny figure sitting there feeding himself… I wonder whether I should reallly enrol him or should I just keep him at home till he is 3 years old… What do you mummies think?

After lunch, back to the classroom again. I carried him up and that’s when he cried again… I should not have let him see me during his lunch…. I didn’t give in, I left him there and left the classroom. The teacher bathe him and gave him milk. Shortly after, all was quiet. The teacher came out to inform me that he had fallen asleep and advise me to go home and take a break.

So I left, at 5pm I went to pick him up. The teacher told me, he woke up at 3+ he was fine didn’t cry. 4+ they brought him down for tea break, that is when he expected to see me waiting for him (just like during lunch), didn’t see me, started to search, can’t find me, started to cry again. He cried for 10 mins, stopped for awhile, cried again, stopped and started again on and off.

Thus when I arrived at 5pm, I was greeted by a red nose reindeer… Overall I should say that he does deserve a pat on the shoulder. He was pretty brave. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Excited

Tomorrow is The Day! The Day whereby Declan will go to school for the first time! I’m excited and a little anxious! Anxious over whether he will cry, anxious over whether he will like the place, his fellow playgroup mates and teachers, anxious over whether he will take to the schedule of the centre or not.

He seems oblivious of the big step he’s gonna take tomorrow. He’s still playing as usual. I’ll be accompanying him the whole day tomorrow. Kiat said that he’s sure this little fellow will not cry. I hope so too! Ohh by the way tomorrow is just a trial for him. I signed him up for a 3 days free trial. If both of us survive the ordeal, I’ll enrolled him there.

Oh and I forgot to update that we have decided to choose Cherie Hearts over MMI. One of the main reason being, they are also incorporating montessori method into other activities. In a way, I guess I will get the best of both worlds.

Goodnight folks! I need to turn in early so that I will be able to send him in on time! Wish me luck!

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Narrowing down

My hunt for a good playschool for Declan has been narrowed down to 2 centres. One is the MMI located at the former HDB building at Bukit Merah – Twink School House. The other is Cherie Hearts located along West Coast Road.

Yesterday, I revisited the MMI at West Coast Recreation Centre again. Somehow I still don’t like it there. I don’t really feel comfortable. The teachers’ faces all look so glum (not even a hint of smile) and I even saw with my own eyes that the teacher for the playgroup and nursery (they actually combined the 2) making the students sit against the wall facing her and she was folding her arms across her chest and staring at them very fiercely. One little girl was made to sit facing the wall for “time out” as she was not co-operative, as explained by the teacher. hmmmmmm at such young age, isn’t it expected that they’ve not yet learn to cooperate fully? I am sure Declan won’t be able to “co-operate” as and when the teachers want him to as yet. If the teacher is gonna make him sit facing the wall for “time out”, I can imagine that the teacher will probably end up pulling her hair out as I know that this chap won’t be able to sit still and he will most likely be dashing around the classroom ๐Ÿ˜ก There was also this new boy there who was crying and crying for his mama with mucus streaming down his nose. I thought the least the teacher could do was to wipe up his mucus for him… but it was not done…. MINUS MARK MINUS MARK. The greatest put off was no matter which programme I choose, full day, half day, flexi hours, alternate day etc… the fees are all 600+ excluding transport……………… totally senseless……

Straight after I left that centre, I headed to the Twink School House at Jalan Bukit Merah. The moment I stepped right into the centre, I instantly felt that this was a much better choice. The whole place have a bright cheery atmosphere. It had a open concept, thus one could see the whole place at a glance. The fee structure makes more sense there. They gave parents choice of sending in the kids from Mon-Sat, 4 times weekly, thrice weekly, twice weekly or even once a week. Plus point plus point. They offer a 2 weeks trial period at about 400 bucks while the other one at West Coast will cost 500+. Plus point plus point! Today I brought Kiat over to view the place during his lunch time. He agreed that this was a much better place than the one at West Coast.

This morning, I brought Declan over to Cherie Hearts. The person in charge was nice. They have a mini animal kingdom there. Though they called it a kingdom, there’s only terrapins and rabbits :p Their curriculum looks fun. It includes, water play and also teaching the little ones road safety. Unique! Plus point Plus point. The centre’s owner’s daughter is also in the playgroup, hmm so can I assume that the group will strictly follow the curriculum since I bet the owner will want the best for her own child?? If I sent Declan there and he continue on to nursery and kindergarten, he’ll also be given free Jap lessons. PLUS PLUS PLUS points. The owner herself is trained in the montessori method but her teachers are not. She claimed that she trained her own trainers on the montesorri method. I will be giving this centre BONUS PLUS POINT cos they allow 3 full day trial! This centre dun offer flexi care…. they only cater to straight 5 days… and not alternate days… minus mark minus mark…. I already registered for it and will be on trial next week. I will be bringing the dad there tomorrow to view the place.

Actually I already have a preferred choice but I am not gonna indicate here in case Kiat comes in to peep. I don’t want him to be influenced by my choice. I want him to give me his own views before I share with him mine.

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Dog Dog

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Dec : Dog Dog Dog Dog. Play with me play with me!!
Dog : *shivers*
Dec : Dog Dog Dog Dog, come out, won’t you?? I want to play with you…
Dog : *shivers* and turn away, pretending not to hear him

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Dec : Don’t care, you can’t hide! (proceeds to drag doggie out from under the sofa)
Dec : Come I help you wash “hair”
Dog : ………………..

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Daddy… Where?

I heard him said that last night! It caused a flutter in my heart. hahah It’s just so exciting to witness his speech development. In fact he had slowed down quite a bit on the speech department. Though he is still picking up new words every now and then, but it’s really really really slow. He’s still stuck at the usual dog, cat, bird, mum-mum. neh-neh etc.

I’ve been waiting eagerly for him to pick up new words or even form simple short phrases but without much luck until last night.

I brought him to meet Kiat at the MRT station. On the way there, I told him :”We go and find daddy ok?” He nodded his head and then said:” Daddy… Where?” He coupled this short “sentence” with a “where” sign of his hand.

I am waiting for more!

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