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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!

Friday, September 19, 2014

A Letter to my Grown-up Children

Dear beloved children,

I am not sure if I will live long enough to develop dementia or fall victim to any number of debilitating diseases and require constant caregiving but I would like to let you know beforehand how I truly feel. 

First of all, if it is within my ability, I would not want to place a burden upon you be it in terms of time, effort or money. I desire to release you to pursue your God-given destiny and ultimately complete wholeheartedly the work that God has prepared for you. So if I do become an invalid, please forgive me and understand that it is not my wish to ask you to take care of me if I can help it.

If I grow increasingly long-winded and keep asking you the same question over and over again because I can't remember very well, please pardon me. Hear me out and give me the same answer each time. Just like how I used to answer your questions for the millionth time, teach you the same thing more than I care to count and remind you of the your own things day in, day out. 

If I make a mess with my food or my bowel movements, please remember all the cleaning I did for you during the formative years of your lives. Just as you didn't mean to give me more work, so it is for me. 

If I become unreasonable and throw tantrums, or hurt you emotionally and physically despite you simply wanting to help me, please bear with me for I know not what I'm doing. Just like the many times I endured abuse from you when you had major meltdowns concerning things which did not make any sense, try your best not to hold it against me. You may restrain me or manhandle me for I know deep down inside, you only want to help me and have my best interests at heart. 

If I ever complain to you that I am lonely and wish you have more time for me, I can only say I am very sorry for putting you on a guilt trip unfairly. I am sure you are busy fulfilling your responsibilities and don't mean to neglect me. Just as in your younger days, I really wished I had more energy and time to spend playing with you but I was really too busy fulfilling my responsibilities. There were always chores to do, meals to cook, bellies to fill, noses/mouth/bottoms to wipe, medicine to feed, skin to moisturise, wounds to tend to, bodies to wash, lessons/life skill to teach, discipline to enforce... basically needs to be met. If I could help it, I would have loved to hug and cuddle you all day long.

And if you yell at me or lose your patience with me because I am simply so frustrating to take care of, I totally understand and would like you to know that I forgive you in advance. I know what it feels like to do your best and it seems like your best is never enough. I get how infuriating it can be when your love and concern is not reciprocated and you are constantly taken for granted. 

I know how difficult it is to sacrifice your sleep and the right to eat, drink and even go to the toilet in order to meet my needs and protect me from harm. Thus, I will not ask that of you. I will not expect you to sacrifice for me the way I sacrificed for you. Please take care of yourself first. 

When I become too great a financial, emotional or physical burden, I give you the permission to leave me be. I will not blame you for abandoning me. Let someone else take care of me if that is the only way to keep your sanity. Let me die naturally and please do not feel guilty for I would have already lived a full life and given my all to the work that had been given to me. I will be going to a better place. 

I apologise for the many ways I have failed you and that I was not as good a mother as I wish I was. I'm sorry for giving you unpleasant memories or any childhood trauma. I regret the wrong decisions I made regarding you and the bad examples I set for you. If nothing else, I at least hope that I have shown you how much we need God in our lives and demonstrated to you the mercy and grace that the Lord grants us each day despite our mistakes. 

All I ask is for you to love God with all your heart and be faithful in doing His work. Then, I will rest assured that I will get to see you again in heaven when the time comes for all of us to leave this weary world.

Your Mom