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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Toilet Trained Finally!

It has been a long-drawn battle to toilet train Jaide. It started all the way from last year September when I wrote a post about it. For the longest time, she had been able to make it in time for the big businesses. However, she was EXTREMELY headstrong with regards to going to the toilet to pee. I really wish I could get inside the mind of my little wilful princess to know what actually went on in her mind when she refused to be toilet trained. 

Thankfully, the teachers in school helped by letting her go diaper-less during the three hours daily school-time since June. We discovered that she was completely capable of holding her urine and relieving herself appropriately if she wanted to. It baffled me to no end why she simply didn't want to cooperate at home. I tried all the methods which worked for the older two kids but everything failed. Even the stickers method didn't make a difference. Her older sister had been such a darling to try brainwashing her too but to no avail. 

Given the crazy schedule I manage each day, I really do not have the extra energy and the presence of mind to start a boot camp. I simply can't spare the time neither to clean up her "accidents", borne out of pure pigheadedness, nor continuously manhandle her to the toilet.

For some strange reason, (perhaps prompted by the Holy Spirit?) I decided that enough is enough. Earlier this week, I went and invested in a full set of Hello Kitty panties, personally hand-picked by the obnoxious girl herself. I told her that if she were to refuse going to the toilet and blatantly choose to wet herself, I would give her pretty underwear away to someone else more teachable. It somehow did the trick. There have been no accidents so far for the past two days. 

What a blood-vomiting journey! *faintz* I can only pray that by the grace of God, Jaide will eventually blossom into the godly and powerful leader I saw in my vision during one of my prayer sessions over her... For now, I can only see a wilful child hell-bent on driving me up the wall everyday. But then again, the righteous shall walk by faith and not by sight, right? *wink*

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Walking Outside

The long awaited moment has arrived. Joram had donned his very first pair of shoes and walked outside of the house for the first time! *fanfare* He is simply adorable toddling around in the library. Thankfully, he is far more docile than his cheeky brother who ran all over the place and pulled down tons of books from the shelves gleefully the moment he first set foot there 6 years ago...

These crocs handed down
by his siblings are already
too tight for him.

"Dry-RUN" at home *hiak hiak*

Watch Joram explore the library on his own two feet.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Couple Time

It was so wonderful for hubby to take me out for a nice lunch on a weekday. What a rare treat! Even though it was only for 2 hours, we managed to try two dishes I'd wanted to sample for the longest time but was difficult and costly to do so with the kids around: egg benedict and the 8 international flavoured Xiao Long Bao

My fav flavours were the cheese, foie gras and sze chuan. I thought the crab roe and black truffle were rather disappointing. As for Joshua, he found the crab roe and cheese to his liking. So perhaps if we ever do bring the kids down to Paradise Dynasty, we can simply order the cheese flavoured ones. I suppose when it comes to kids, you can't go wrong with cheese, right?

Collagen Jelly

Didn't know that I needed
to use a straw at first. :P

Trying for the
"Chee Ko Pek" look

Monday, September 29, 2014

Jaide's Maiden Performance

Jaide's nursery class staged a performance for us parents and guardians to see. Thank God for teachers who put in so much effort to teach the child confidence and stage presence. Although Jaide did not do the actions very well, I'm very glad that she has an exposure to the performing arts at such a tender age. She was, after all, a year-end baby so she would naturally be slower in her development than her peers. Her two older siblings didn't want to join the children choir in church. Perhaps she'll be interested to join in the future? Hee hee... We shall see.

Watch her perform one of the songs.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Blessed Birthday, Bear Bear!

Enjoying lychee and grape yogurt

With all the kids under the capable care of my mum-in-law and sis-in-law, I took Joshua out to celebrate his natal day. First stop was at one of his fav dessert outlet Sogurt. We normally have the kids with us when we visit this shop so we hardly get to enjoy the flavours and the toppings that we like and eat in peace. 

My favourite red velvet flavour. Yumz!

Next stop was a nice relaxing massage at Refresh Bodyworks. It was so comfortable that Joshua fell asleep on the massage chair! LOL I'm glad he had a good rest.

Feeling refreshed after the massage

I am so glad to successfully surprise my husband by secretly inviting our good old friends to join us for the birthday lunch. As an extrovert, he really misses chatting with his buddies. It is really hard getting free time to meet up with friends as a parent with four kids and trying to cope with a demanding job at the same time. I was delighted to see the broad grin which spread over his face when he saw our guests. One of them got Joshua a cute birthday balloon and everyone even treated us to the meal! Thank God for great and generous friends!

Birthday balloon. Yay!

The reason I chose the Lavastone Steak House was the special cut wagyu beef steak which they serve as the birthday "cake". The conventional cake would have compromised his low-carb diet. I have made a cake out of fruits for his past birthdays so it is made out of meat this time round! LOL

The legendary birthday "cake"

Thank you all for making my Bear Bear so so happy!

On such a special occasion, we all urged Joshua to be more adventurous than he normally would be. We got him to try two new things he had never tried before. One was Adstrapple Cider which was complimentary for the birthday boy. (I couldn't believe his first choice of a free beverage was actually the conventional orange juice! *faintz*) The other was raw oysters. He looked like he had fun trying them. Hee hee...

Raw oyster
with a dash of tabasco sauce

The staff did the grilling for us.
How nice of them!

To end the beautiful day, we packed the famous East Coast Road fried prawn mee opposite the restaurant on our friends' recommendations. Unfortunately, it was pretty soggy by the time we ate them but the taste was still awesome. *beam*

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Chewing Better

2 days ago, Joram could actually eat some fried rice! Yippee! I later realised the reason: He has sprouted yet another 2 teeth and the position of his new chompers makes it easier for him to chew. Hopefully, with more teeth coming up, he will be more willing to transit to normal table food instead of the blended porridge he has been eating...

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

His First Steps

Need to start getting him shoes...

At 16 and a half months old, Joram has started to walk! *applause* 

He has a very cautious personality and so, despite being able to stand unassisted without falling for quite long, he was reluctant to take his first step of faith. Last week, he wanted me to carry him and so he let go of the wall he was holding onto and took one step towards me before falling into my arms. That was probably the moment he gained confidence and had the sudden realisation that he might just be able to do it after all. Delighted with his newfound skill, he kept practising. Within the day, he could take up to four steps on his own! 

Bravo, my little one! You may be the slowest to achieve this milestone among the siblings but I did tell you not to grow up too quickly, didn't I? *wiping tears from my eyes*

Previously he didn't dare use this toy I bought since my firstborn's era. But now, it has finally become a good tool to help him practise walking. It was a great investment getting this walker toy. It has seen 4 children grow up using it! 

Watch the below video to see Joram happily walking with it.

Now, for a clip of Joram's first steps!