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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Joram's First Birthday


My littlest one is one year old! He is such a wonderfully happy baby despite his reflux and eczema problems. He is indeed a miracle baby! But baby, he is, no more as we wave goodbye to the first year of his life. To celebrate, we brought the kids to Kiddy Fun at Turf City Grandstand because it seems to cater more to the younger kids. I'm glad of the choice because it was very suitable for Joram to utterly enjoy himself.

Family Shot

They have this Jumperoo-like thing which reminds me of the toy I rented for Joash when he was a baby. Although Joram was sufficiently intrigued by the contraption, he could not really jump as well as Joash back then. (Click HERE to watch the previous post.)

Eh... How does this thing work?

Let 大姐 help you out...

Crazy jumping in the bouncy room

They naturally gravitated to their
fav-coloured steering wheel

This see-saw can fit all of them just nice!

Playing "Poison Balloons'"

Happy watching his siblings play

Moving Swings

Congregation IN the pool???

Favourite toy: Balls

Favourite activity: Chasing after
balls in the "underground" maze

Sisters at the dressing tables

Turning the propellers

After two hours of major fun, we headed down to the Treehouse Cafe for lunch. Instead of ordering cake to celebrate Joram's birthday as per normal, I decided to get him vanilla ice-cream instead. Due to his reflux, he has yet to stomach anything with less than super smooth texture. He gagged even when I fed him baby biscuits or bread. Plus, he still has no teeth. Thankfully, he enjoyed the ice-cream very much while his siblings finished up the brownie for him. 

Joram: "What are you doing
behind me, Mummy?"


A video of Joram enjoying his first taste of ice-cream.

Sweet drinks for the older two
(Shhh... Don't let the
younger ones know.)

The best thing about the cafe is that they have a very extensive play area for the kids. We hung out there for nearly one and a half hours after our lunch! Joram was contented with playing around on the small play mat throughout the time. What an angel! May he continue to exalt God in his heart and behaviour for the rest of his life!

Wow! I can bang
these together!

Having loads of fun

The back view full of stripes...
That's all folks!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

My Little Pony

Mine - RARITY
Jayna's - PINKIE PIE
Jaide's - FLUTTERSHY

I loved the cartoon "My Little Pony" when I was young and was delighted with the gift of a flutter pony named Lily from my Mum as a reward for outstanding academic results. 

Recently, I realised that they are starting to sell pony plushies and I simply couldn't resist getting them for my girls and I. I also bought hair accessories and introduced them to the joy of playing hairstylist with the ponies. 

However, they are too young to have the dexterity to successfully use the clips and tie the rubber-bands, though Jayna could do that a little if she tried hard enough. I had to help them accessorise the ponies. Little did I realise that my girls have very different sense fashion than mine. I gasped when they wanted to put ALL the accessories in the manes and tails. *sweat* LOL Still, I did exactly as they dictated. 

It was really fun and nostalgic playing such girlie games with them while Joash went off happily playing with his new planes and Joram romped after the sparkling balls. Despite all my complaints about the girls being so difficult to raise, I'm ultimately still really glad that God had decided to give them to me. *grin*

Jayna's design

Jaide's design

Here was Joram's reaction to my pony. Hahaha... He seemed a little cautious around it.

First Encounter

Joram: "Mummy, what's that?"

Running away from it...

Trying to side track...

Curiosity got the better of him.

Eventually...
Joram: "Let me crawl alongside you!"

Thursday, April 10, 2014

"Weight-lifting"

There is one exercise that all parents do: weight-lifting! LOL The first picture was taken when Jayna was almost one and the second was taken recently with Joram coming to one year of age too! Just for the fun of it... Heh heh.

Carrying Jayna and Joash

Carrying Jaide and Joram

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Holding His Own


Yay! Joram can finally hold his own bottle! *clap clap* Because of his reflux, I had reservations letting him do so for fear of regurgitation. However, he recently seems to be getting very good at burping by himself after drinking milk without spitting up, so I thought it safe to let him have a go at it.

This is a great relief for me as, now, there is one less thing in my hectic routine that I don't have do for him. Yet, I'm really letting my last baby to take his own sweet time to grow up. (The rest of the kids held their own bottles very early, with the eldest one being able to do so at 5 months old.) My hungry hippo is actually taking his first tiny baby step towards self-feeding... *teary*

First Salon Trip

I have trimmed Joram's hair five times so far since his birth. His hair really grows very fast. Given that I do not have a working hair trimmer, it is all the more difficult to cut his thick hair with his fidgeting. The clean-up afterwards is also a nightmare. 

Now that he is coming to a year old, I decided that he is ready for an attempt at the baby salon. I'm so glad I did that. It was quick and fuss-free with toys and cartoons to distract him. The hairdresser was also very experienced and could make the whole haircut as unthreatening as possible for him. I'm happy with the result. It was indeed money well-spent. *grin*

Distracted by the new toy

Distracted by the cartoon

This Auntie seems nice...

This is fun and comfortable.

BEFORE

AFTER

Here are the pictures of the brothers' first salon haircut. Joash had his when he was half a year older though.


Thursday, March 27, 2014

All about Joram

Shhh... I'm praying for everybody...

Cuteness overload!!!

My favourite stunt

Our eldest boy used to have this tomato face when he pooped. (click here to view) It's probably a boy thing cos the little brother is doing it too. Hilarious!


Sunday, March 23, 2014

Moisturise vs Scratch


Only parents with children who suffers from eczema can understand the agony of watching your child, in mere minutes of scratching, undo weeks of hard work on the parent's part to protect the said child from all potential triggers and the all consuming, obsessive efforts to keep his/her skin properly moisturised. 

The creams are made available in all conceivable accessible places: in her bedroom, in my bedroom, in her school bag, in her weekend bag, in her pockets and in ALL my bags, just so that she can moisturise and relieve her discomfort whenever she itches. All those patches of red, bleeding rashes never fully heals because of the continuous choice the girl makes to scratch instead of applying the cream which soothes the skin almost immediately. 

At the end of the day, not just the victim/culprit suffers, everyone else in the family suffers too. Each family member has to endure the incessant whining, the crying, the screaming during bath-times and the seemingly cruel man-handling that takes place to bring about healing once again... 

I used to scream my head off at each episode of going back to square one all over again just when it looked like the skin has almost completely healed. The disappointment, the crushing defeat and the anger at the child's wilfulness are all familiar demons to wrestle with.

Despite constant, careful and patient teaching that our bodies are the temples of God and we are worshipping God when we take good care of ourselves, the child still succumbs to the temptation of relying on her own strength instead of drawing upon the power of God to resist the devil. Isn't that the story of many of us, children of God?

Since I'd taken up the Orange Rhino Challenge not to yell at the children, what should I do with the pent up frustration threatening to explode each time I see the flaring up of the eczema due to my daughter's stark disobedience? 

I sing.

God inspired me at the spur of the moment to come up with a song which will remind her for the millionth time what she should be doing instead of scratching. It's simple but it worked. Not for her. But for me. The simmering tension within me dissipated. She smiled and giggled at the song. 

I can only pray that some day she would take greater responsibility over her own skin and depend on God to carry her through the pain and itch, making the correct choices, moment by moment, to moisturise instead of scratch. Perhaps one day, the Lord will have mercy upon her and heal her of this ailment completely.
MOISTURISE

(Verse 1)
Moisturise in the morning
Moisturise before you go out
Moisturise when you come home
Moisturise before bedtime

(Chorus)
Moisturise, moisturise
Please don't scratch, go moisturise

Moisturise, moisturise
If it's itchy, moisturise

(Verse 2)
Moisturise around your mouth
Moisturise your knees and wrists
Moisturise both your elbows
Moisturise anywhere that's itchy