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What’s it’s name??

July is bonus time!  Pockets feel a wee bit heavier this time every year. But sigh… one hand in the other hand out…. got loads of bills to pay plus Dec’s medical bills plus my dad’s medical bills etc….. now u see it now u don’t…..  Anyway, every end of July, I’ll be in high spirits!  Thus decided to bring my brood out for dinner.  Nothing extravagant, just a simple dinner at Ichiban Restaurant at IMM.  We adore japanese food.  Dec as usual eats better at restaurants than at home.

As he ate his chuwanmushi, he requested his mum to help him blow at the hot steam egg.  So long as he eats, he is king.  His wish is my command on the condition that he eats!  Sounds like I’m bringing up a brat??  nah… Just a concern mum giving in to her preschooler to coax him to eat.  He is notorious for his poor appetite.  He is all ribs and bones as spotted by auntie YL from the pics I posted.

These are very valuable pictures to me.  Seeing him eat and enjoying the food at the same time is better than striking lottery! Eat more eat more!  Wonder when he’ll outgrow the choosy stage….

Ohhh I side tracked.. the purpose of this post is not about his appetite as that is already old old news, right next to the story of dinosaurs extinction.  I meant to share a little tickle story with all.

After our dinner, he needs to visit the loo.  On our way to the car park, we passed by a gift shop.  As he walked pass he was jumping up and down excitedly and shouting :” mummy 啷叮铛! 啷叮铛!!”  I kept wondering why he is so excited and exclaiming nonsensically.  So I continued walking.  He pulled me back to the display window and went :”啷叮铛! 啷叮铛!” again.  Can guess what he is trying to tell me or what he is referring to?

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He was actually referring to this….

……………………………. my son… his name is “小叮铛” and not “啷叮铛”….. He made poor Doremon sounds like a mad man…. wonder where he picked that up from…

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We helped

This morning, our little family participated in a voluntary event.  My office organized the distribution of ration bags to some needy families at Dover Road.  Each bag cost $20.  We contributed 4 bags to represent 1 bag from each of us.  Kiat’s colleagues were generous and together, his colleagues donated a total of 30 bags.  Though it was my companies’ event, the donation from Kiat’s office superseded the main organizer’s contributions.  I will like to take this opportunity to thank them as well.  Not only did they donate towards the ration bags, 3 of them came this morning to help out too.  Such nice folks right???

We didn’t really do much today, except for helping the families bring the bags up to their homes.   The bags were pretty heavy though.

KPO Declan trying to help, though the bags were way too heavy for him.

Declan and Kiat;s friend, Ann Tze.  While waiting to bring up the bags, Declan kept himself occupied by playing in the playground located right in front of the block of flats.  It was here that we got my colleagues to help us take a full family picture.  As you may have noticed, our family pics are always “4-1”  as one of us will have to be the photographer.

Yup I towed Kenji along.  I put him to “good use” by passing him around my lovely colleagues.  The ladies adore him.  Am making use of him to help in nudging Singapore’s birth rate up.  Actually, that was secondary, my primary objective is to expose both boys to meaningful voluntary work early.  I want to instill in them the spirit of reaching out to the needy.  We are not well to do, but we have enough to house, feed and clothe ourselves.  In a way, we are already much more forunate as compared to some folks.  Thus, we should help those in need whenever we can.

Last year, I brought Declan to participate in Habitat for Humanity when I was in my early stage of pregnancy with Kenji.  I hope we will be able to participate more often in such activities.  I want my boys to grow up with hearts of gold.  I wonder whether there will ever be a chance for me to tow the whole family overseas to help build bouses under Habitat for Humanity hmmmm….

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Specky Deck

We have come to terms with the fact that Dec will need to wear glasses from now on.  Anyway, technology is so advance nowadays.  When he’s older, we’ll see whether it is possible for him to go for lasik or whatever procedures that can help him shed his dependency on glasses.  He finally got his virgin pair of spec.

These photos are taken 2 months apart.  He looks pretty studious with his glasses right??? how deceiving :p  I’m just worried that he won’t know how to take care of his specs when he goes back to school tomorrow.  I forsee that he’ll probably need a second pair within the next few weeks.  He is an active boy and one of his favorite pass time is to play with balls.  Thus, I wonder whether he’ll know how to protect his eyes and specs while playing with his peers.

For a boy, he’s actually got quite long eyelashes.

It’s a pity that he’s got to hide his long lashes behind his specs from now on… Let’s hope with the aid of his specs, his astigmatism will stablise.  His next review will be in Jan 2009.

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Dec’s new found hobby

Dec is very much into snapping random photos using my hp recently.  I must say his skill has improving progressively.  He used to get all blurred images and more often than not, you’ll not be able to make out what he is shooting at.

Of late, he is able to take sharp images of both still and moving objects/people.  A bulk of them still turned out blur, but I think he deserves some encouragement.  Now that he won’t be able to become a pilot as he so wish (due to poor eye sight), maybe I should encourage him to work towards becoming a photographer.  hmmm I’m never a forward planner, never good at planning, what’s wrong with me?! Shall just leave him to explore his own interest.

Anyway below are samples of the photos he shoot using my hp and it include his own self taken potrait….

and yeah… he dictate his poor old mama to be his model….he will direct me according to his preference.  “mummy look here look here!!  I say look here!!”  “mummy do this do this” <— showing me how to cringe my nose while i eat my piece of pork rib.  “mummy say cheese!!” most of the photos are taken quite ok it’s actually picasa that chops off the photos that’s why u see our heads geting “sliced off”… 

Hmm when he can handle things more carefully without dropping them, I may consider lending him my digi cam for him to try.

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Bumpy July

This month isn’t a very good month for Declan.  So far we’ve spent about $500 on his medical bill…  Early this month, we noticed a lump at the back of his ear.  Quite a big one, thus we sent him down to see his usu Paediatrician.  Dr didn’t quite know what it is and he was given some medication and we were told to monitor him.  If the lump don’t go down or grow bigger, we were to bring him back.

After a week on medication, the lump was still there.  So back to the Paeds… and did a blood test.  Fortunately the test turned out normal.  Afterwhich, we notice the lump is subsiding ever so slowly.  Then, he came down with a bad cough and was breathing quite strenously….. so back to the Dr…  Dr noticed that when he breathed, his chest sank a little which wasn’t a good sign.  Dr worried that he might develop bronchitis or asthma, again we were told to watch him.  Few days passed and he recovered.  phew!!!

Yesterday, while fooling around, he climbed onto mil’s coffee table, lost his balance and fell backwards.  He cried the whole house down.  When the incident happened, I was about to start expressing milk.  I heard the commotion and my heart dropped, for awhile I thought a cupboard had collapsed on him, all thanks to a freak accident that happened 2 years ago.  I ran out of the room and was told that he had fell off the table and bumped his head.  OUCH!! 

Poor boy was covering his face the whole time when he cried.  He refused to remove his hands from his face.  It took him quite awhile to calm down and not long after, he was all over the house again… playing with his cousin.  Just when I thought all was well, came another thud!  (less than 2 hours from the 1st thud).  I froze a little, no loud wail.  I looked towards mil’s room and saw Dec standing at the door, holding his forehead.  He had walked into the door jam and it seemed like he didn’t dare to cry out loud.  Probably worried that he’ll be reprimanded.  In the end, he couldn’t keep it in and burst out crying again. sigh….

So the above is his “prized possession”.  He got another ba lu ku hidden amongst the hair from the 1st fall.  On a lighter note, I overheard him telling his dad this when the dad wanted to bathe him :” Daddy, you don’t touch my ba lu ku ok?”  hahahhaha I think it must be really painful for him to remind his dad not to touch it.

You think his whole bumpy journey is over??  NOT YET!  His appointment with Dr Khoo was this morning.  Sigh.. heart ache ahhh… Dr Khoo confirmed that he’s got astigmatism in both eyes and for his case the only solution is to put him on glasses…. He cited a few possible reason for his condition.  Firstly, it’s genes. yeah… my fault… I’m a blind bat…. Secondly, one of his eye is bigger than the other so the smaller eye will have poorer eyesight… thirdly, one side of the eyelid is a bit droopy thus adding pressure to the eyeball and thus changing its’ curvature…. There goes his dream of becoming a pilot… oh have I ever shared that he wished to be a pilot??  “pop!!!” can you hear his dream popping??

You think it is over??? STILL NOT YET….

For unknown reason, his neck started to swell… We discovered the swell this afternoon and it got worse over the evening… The whole family kinda freak out…. Initally I was quite cool about it and am quite sure it was harmless.  Then, almost the whole family was exclaiming quite loudly and getting very panicky…. which made me felt I was a lousy mother who’s not concern about my kid….So off to NUH Children Emergency we go at 10pm.  Doctor checked him and assured us that it is nothing major.  It looked like an insect/mozzie bite and the reason for the swell was probably due to friction by scratching or rubbing.  It is not swelling of the lymp nodes.

sigh….  I hoped tonight’s trip to NUH will be the last of the whole bumpy/lumpy episode.  Let him be well pleaseeeeeeeee………  If any insect needs to have a feast, come to the mama lah, any virus or whatever nonsense, bad luck, just head towards the adults lah, leave that poor kid alone!

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Updates on Kenji

It’s been a long while since I last update on Kenji boy.  He’s turning 8 months old in a week’s time. 

He had since started on some solid food.  I first tried to feed him cereal when he was about 6.5months.  He kinda rejected it.  I made just a spoonful and after a few dip into his mouth, he actually gave me the nausea look……  Dec first tried cereal when he was just 5 months old and by the time he turned 6 months he could handle cereal quite well.

Of course I didn’t give up.  I urged mil to try giving him bit by bit in the afternoon while I was at work.  We finally succeeded and he’s grown to love cereal.  Mil also started  him with porridge.  She’ll usu give him porridge mixed with sweet potato or correct.  He had also tried some pureed potato and apple. 

I hope he would grow to love the mix of puree that I’m gonna try out.  Years back, Declan wasn’t adventurous with food.  Alot of the puree that I prepared for him actually went down the chute… so sad….  Hopefully, with Kenji, he’ll learnt to appreciate my effort.

He’s yet learnt to crawl.  However, he spent a big load of his time on his tummy and he’s able to shift himself a little distance by simply struggling.  He can sit up on his pram more steadily as well now.  As the months pass, he had also developed some temper.  He knew that by crying hard and long enough, he’ll ultimately get us to pick him up…  He’ll usu deploy this tatic when me and the dad are both scrambling around the house trying to get ourselves ready for work.  As if he’s worried that we’ll forget about him and leave him behind, he’ll usu start to cry as the time of “departure” drew nearer.  Nothing can comfort him, except if we pick him up…  Fortunately, on the whole, he’s still pretty mild mannered.  phew….

On one hand, I am eager to see what kinda character he would ultimately developed into, on the other, I secretly wish that he’ll always remain as a baby..  hmmmm woman!  can never make up their mind!! right?

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Declan turns 4

Declan turned 4 on 28th June.  Like last year, we ordered a cake and let him celebrate with his friends in school.  Last year we chose the cake for him.  This year, he walked pass a cake shop and insisted on getting a cake from there.  He chose that particular cake because of the toys placed on the cake.  At first we did not want to relent as I thought the cake don’t really look nice and the toys looked kinda fake.  After much resistance from Dec, I decided to go with his choice since it is his birthday.  It should be about him not me right?  So, yup! He got to decide on the cake that he wants.   He was happy and I was happy too 🙂

The cake didn’t taste too bad though.  The kids love it too.  Just like last year, the boys can’t wait to pluck the toys off the cake. 

His little friends sang him a birthday song and the teachers helped to divide the cake.  Dec’s teacher also taught him how to serve the cakes to his little guests.

I must say the little host did a pretty good job with the help of the teachers.  Can you spot his best friend Julian who seems more interested in the toys than the cake?? hahah boys are boys after all.  After serving his friends cake, instead of waiting for help to clean the cream off the toys, my boy actually “self cleaned” them.

He licked them clean and the 3rd hand belonged to Julian who I suspected was trying to offer Dec some help.

After food, came goodie bags!  The kids all can’t wait to dig into their bags and toss out the treats.

I gave Dec 2  ice cream treats this birthday.  One, 2 days before his b-day and another once on his b-day itself.  First ice cream treat was at Daily Scoop, sunset way.  He chose cookies and cream on a chocolate cone.  I must say that was a very wise choice.  The combi was very yummy!!

Looking at the pic now makes me feel like going back there for another ice cream treat!!

We had the 2nd treat at Swensen.

This time he chose banana split with chocolate ice cream from the kids’ menu.  While me and the dad shared a topless 5.

Instead of taking his own choice he started to dig into our topless 5……………….fickle minded boy…..

The celebration at school was done a day earlier as his actual b-day fell on a saturday. Thus on the actual day itself we bought a chocolate banana cake from secret recipe for him to bring it home so that his cousins can celebrate with him as well.  Heard that Sil was lamenting that every year we only celebrate for him in school and wanted us to do it at home as well. (truth is his school celebrations only started last year and almost every year we will buy a cake and let him cut it at home…..)

I tell u~~~~ this cake is really super duper yummmmyyyyyyy!!!!  The chocolate is heavenly!!!!  Can you tell it was me who chose the cake 😡  He actually wanted a black forest cake but I managed to psycho him into getting this one.

That’s him and his cousins, his playmates.

I am thinking whether i should organize a proper party for him next year.  He is now old enough to enjoy the attention and fun of a party.. but I am not good with organizing such stuffs and I can’t depend on the dad to do such things…..  Simply singing song and cutting cake seemed a little boring now…. I’ve got a whole year to consider and collect ideas…  we shall see…

Happy 4th B-day Dec…  This year, mummy is in a pretty bad mood in the month of June due to many unforseen issues…. Didn’t meant to be inpatient…anyway, may you always be a happy and cheerful boy!

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