Sunday, 11 March 2018

Growing up in child care centres

Just some random thoughts on the kids' child care life.

I was telling Yu on the way to school the other day that while his brothers might remember their first home in HV, he would likely see himself as a BP kid. And it just hit me one recent evening while I was watching Yu sleep that Kai has spent five years in old school and will spend one year in the new, while Yu will be the opposite, i.e. one year in his current school and five in his new. Yang is in the middle - three years in each.

I consider Kai and Yang child care veterans :p On their first day at the new school, the staff thought I would stay with them that day. But no, I went to work after a short while :p They're used to the child care setting - many children, some of whom they don't know but kids just play together anyway; many teachers, some of whom they don't know but if the other kids know them, they're teachers!

But Yu, I'm not too sure. He is comfortable now, being one of the oldest kids around at 17 months. But when he graduates from infant care, he'll go to a new school with new teachers, new friends, new routine. Kai and Yang were brought to playgroup towards the end of their infant care days to help them get familiar. But Yu will have no such orientation. I'll take leave on his first day at playgroup, first day at new school, just in case.

Yu showing me around his territory one morning when we got there before the first teacher

I really like the old school. We - Sito and I - find the new school quite sterile. It's very new, and in a mall so the outdoor is still sheltered. There's no water play, only sand play. And there is no trampoline! The old school is in two old houses but it feels super homely. Ah well, pros and cons of each.

The old school is also where they all met a girl named H. Kai's H left him in N2. Yang left his H in N2. Yu's H has never been his - she graduated to PG last year and recently said she liked Kai AND Yang. Poor Yu!

Growing up in child care centre also means, I hope, that they are used to being in school. We use "going to school" all the time. Granted, formal education will be quite different, but it's similar in that they will not be at home for many hours a day. An ex-colleague once said that they would also not be used to staying at home. But looking at them now, I think they still like to be at home - I get meltdowns here and there just before leaving for school coz Kai wanted to play more at home!

The bad thing about child care centres is the ease of catching germs. With Kai, I had to take leave before I even earned them coz I just came back from no-pay leave. That's even with Mum's help to watch him. Then we got a helper. But I still had to take leave when Yang and Yu were smaller. Now, I try to take leave when I have to bring them to the clinic. Other times, I work from home while the helper watches over the kid(s) - it's important that I'm still home else I'll be super worried with no eyes on them when she goes to the toilet!

But child care centres aren't cheap, especially the old one. We have spent more than $100,000 on child care fees already!!!! Kai is almost done now. From next year, it will be mostly Yang and Yu coz student care fees should be way lower. And Yu will spend a few months less in childcare coz he was born in October :p Now I can't wait for them all to go to primary school!

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Busy Mama still wants to write about Yu

I always have to count from October when thinking about Yu's age - he's past 16 months now. And the poor dude has been missing his growth updates from Mama!


不舍得!So sorry my baby but Mama has been pulling late nights to make up for arriving in office late and leaving early. No one is counting hours but there's so much work! And then there's moving to settle but that's a whole story for another day...

I'll start from the latest happenings..

Yu loves having his brothers push him around!


And then he tried to push Kai!

Wondered if this was how it started coz I went into the room only when Kai called me in

And this baby loves fruits!

It's a huge strawberry!

He loved it and finished it!

Copying Yang who sat there yesterday; I piled on the toys and he was so happy!

No time to post video but yesterday he also pushed himself around on the excavator at Mum's place - with one leg coz he had to tilt to one side to reach the floor haha!

We think he's doing some things earlier than his brothers. Last weekend too, he was pulling a little truck around. We have three of those toys and his brothers started pulling them around past two.

On LNY eve, he said a very loud BAAAAYE when we left Mum's place. He can also say "more more" when he wants more snacks. Or "preh" when he wants to press something - with his forefinger only please. And "boh" when playing peekaboo - so cute :) At night, he says nainai, ah nainai a tad too often - not so cute...

Pressing the door button

Oh and he has been wearing pull-ups! He can pull it quite down now...!

I have missed out recording so many of his moments but third kid - sorry! Hopefully I'll be less busy from April onwards - less commuting, less working from home, more time for the things I want to do!

Next up - hope to write about the things the kids say :p

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Happy doggy year!!

It's the third day and work resumes tomorrow so I guess celebrations are mostly done with...

We started ours in Chinatown last weekend!

Quite crowded but it was a mercifully cool day so it was quite a pleasant walk with the kids. We did mostly eating haha! The kids, including Yu, had a field day trying various snacks.

We ended up with these!

Add a gerbera to the table on V Day - courtesy of a sweet colleague

Didn't take photos at Chinatown - too busy holding hands! But somehow N managed to take pictures... I wonder where the holding hands went *.*

Random shot of Kai

Source: N

Yang playing with a dog display

Source: N

Fast forward to the eve. Coz it's just too much of a hassle to send Kai and Yang to BP for half a day, I took up emergency care at their old school - the $70 per pax was well spent!

Kai got a new set from Chinatown while Yang and Yu wore hand-me-downs :p

I mean, this is a once-a-year event! At most twice if you count RHD but I also have Japanese outfits for that. I bought one size larger for Kai - he can wear it again next year, for RHD if not LNY eve!

Anyway, the two older boys had fun in school with their old friends. Yu also posed with oranges in a video uploaded by the school. Why do I find all of them super cute? :)))

Reunion dinner was at Mum's place. We brought them to the playground before going up, with newly bought bubbles from Chinatown.

Yu enjoyed the slide

Yu chased bubbles!

Kai loved the big ones

Yu picking up sticks - taking the nursery rhyme so seriously? :p

What a spread we had!!

Yu had three rounds - his soup noodles, top-up braised noodles, and Papa's noodles

And there were fruits

It being LNY eve, I thought perhaps we could let Kai and Yang sleep later. We watched part of the mermaid movie on TV together while playing with random things, and they ended up with questions of why there was blood in the water when the bad guys shot into the water. Oops, PG!

We snuggled a little in our bed before shoo-ing them off to bed, saying we were tired too coz they would not admit to being tired! Kai looked especially tired - could tell from his eyes. This Yang was terrible, younger yet hardly sleepy!

Sito and I lay down with them for a short while in their room. It was sooo nice that for once, I was not in a hurry to send them to bed to ensure they get enough sleep and I get to start work early so I would get some sleep! So nice to just enjoy our kids at the moment :)

But they did not sleep in the next morning *.* In fact, they woke at normal time, which means early. I don't know what we did but we lasted until it was time to head out!

Yu napped for longer than expected so we left later than usual

Oh but a family photo first! :)

Got the boys their shirts on our first trip to Legoland. They looked great in them! I bought my dress more than two years ago but they stayed in the bag until recently.. Sito got his shirt on LNY eve so no, it was not washed before he wore it!

Yu discovered his calling for food at Mother's table of goodies!

This boy loved most of the snacks. These few days, he would not have his lunch/dinner unless they came with snacks!! Terrible... And worst of all, I gave in! But well, LNY.... His brothers could hardly stop eating too!

We had a cooked lunch, not steamboat, to our surprise, but it was yummy!

Took a break from the snacks to go to the playground

Yang was driving before becoming a prison warden..?!

And then we were called up for Yu Sheng! Version without raw fish :p

And then Kai fell asleep in my arms. My big baby :)

My old baby


Yu dug in for goodies! Sito grabbed a drink from Macs while we were at the playground

So after waiting for Yu to wake, we had to wait for Kai to wake. So this year, we left pretty late. Dinner was leftover braised noodles from Mum. But I fell asleep with Yu and ended up too sleepy to eat :p

Lastminute playdate with J&J at their place!

It was quite a sight to have six boys in the same room! The two youngest - just five weeks apart - did not participate as much but can't wait for them to join in fully!

"I still had fun"

"See? I can get in and out without help!"

It was a short play date but it was fun enough for Kai to declare that he wanted to invite them to our new house! We went back early for lunch - leftover soup noodles! And then in the afternoon, it rained a little so we took the chance to stay in :p Gave the kids the remainder of the leftover braised noodles coz Sito and I had grand plans :)

Brought a few thousand dollars worth of bags to new house!

I wiped the cabinets where I was to store the bags. Just so happened that our neighbours were having a party so they saw us when sending guests away. I met the guy previously but this time, we also met his wife and MIL. Then so paiseh they gave us oranges and a can of snacks but we had nothing in return!

Dinner was hotpot downstairs :)

And then we went back to keep the bags properly and tuned the TVs. No prize for guessing who did what! As we were about to leave, we found something weird - turning on some lights make some other lights flicker! Took a video and sent to ID with queries. Hope to hear from him too..

Us at Esso after Sito bought some drinks

Now, the last time I drove back from BP, I had an accident right.. So I was just telling Sito that this was the place where the lorry hit me when the car in front of us did almost the same stupid thing - it cut across the chevrons after the double white lines to get to the PIE! What the ****!!!! Sito had a good laugh though, bleah!

This morning, our neighbour downstairs had a lion dance at home again. Last year, we had to carry the boys. This year, they just climbed! But we had only glimpses of the lion. Within seconds of coming out of the house, the dance was over.

Eagerly waiting for the lion

Then we did our regular Chengzhu and Yu continued his intake...

Brought Yu out to gathering with ex-colleague!

He had a great time - ate some cake, saw the swimming pool, sat down with the big boys and girls next to the pool with me grabbing him behind. When he migrated to another end of the pool with the kids, he found that he could copy the big boy and put his feet in the water! So he splashed his pants wet. I let him play a while longer and grabbed him up. No more getting ill please!

Came back in time to pack dinner! Yang insisted on going with me so I had company :)

Yang remembered he had a photo here and wanted one more!

Then it was his turn to take a photo of me - quite a good photographer? :)

I just finished opening all the hongbaos and agonising over how to recycle them. Actually, I'm still agonising over it. I used to keep them to recycle them but they got too much and some collected so much dust that I threw everything away last year. This year, I'm feeling sorry for all the paper...

Never took this photo before, I think

I received two packs of these hongbaos some years back, used them for close family and only just finished using them this year!

This is the year when Kai became more aware. He was quite happy and willing to greet elders, but he was also shameless in asking for red packets! Gosh, and I thought I did my preparation - I told Kai and Yang to greet, say thank you and not to open the red packets there and then. But I forgot about the 伸手要钱 part! Though to be fair, he wasn't asking for money but golden chocolate coins!! He said he enjoyed Chinese New Year coz he got to eat goodies!

Yang also enjoyed himself but he was more shy when it came to greetings. In fact, he said he was shy! But he loved the goodies. Think he didn't stop eating the whole time he was at TPY!

Yu was the surprising one. While his brothers barely did much on their second LNY, this boy was all over the place looking for food! If any can was open, he reached in. Once, he got himself a crumbly pineapple tart - nightmare of picking up after him! He even grabbed a packet drink from the coffee table and started drinking it! Thankfully it belonged to one of his brothers. I guess it comes with teeth? Haha!

I love that the boys are enjoying this fave festival of mine. I hope they grow up enjoying the festivities - the goodies and the gatherings with families and friends we don't see as often as we like :)

Monday, 29 January 2018

Down down down down down!

Yu had a slight fever a couple of weeks back, and was home for half a day. That weekend, Sito was down. Last week, Yang stayed at home Monday to Wednesday. I brought him to the doctor coz his cough sounded like croup! But the doctor told me croup did not recur. Ok, so I monitored lor..

I left Yang to his nap and went for a meeting

Checking in on my baby over the camera!

So cute!! He was alright until evening time when he suddenly got a high fever past 38.5! This happened on Tuesday again - fever only in the evening. And his barking cough did not go away though his voice did not turn cute. Decided to keep him home on Wednesday coz it would be tough for me to go to BP to get him home if he were to develop a fever in school!

Random photos happened when it was just Kai and me on the way to school! Don't we look alike? :)

I started having body aches on Wednesday night and lost my voice a little on Thursday, I was looking forward to Friday which was Yu's centre closure day - I wanted to bring him out for lunch and go shopping. But I spent most of Friday in bed. Then I had to leave earlier to settle a water issue at BP. Felt so bad I didn't get to spend time with my baby...

But Saturday was worst - a mild fever hit on top of my body aches, cough and running nose, and I could hardly get out of bed! In fact, I only got up to eat and go toilet. It was that bad. I don't think I was ever that ill! July 2010 and February 2013, I was hit hard but not like this.

Saturday night, more like Sunday, I woke at 3 am to a horrible back ache. I couldn't lie down anymore and had to sit on the floor, entertaining myself for some 40 mn by watching Yu sleep. This boy must be a key contributing factor to my back ache coz I was forced to the edge! But the damage was done. Now I keep feeling a sharp pain in my back when I move suddenly.

By Sunday, the body ache abated a bit but other symptoms remained. I managed to get out of bed so I went to the doctor who told me it was a common cold. Seriously, colds also have different degrees lor... Sito took the older boys to Chengzhu while I stayed at home with Yu and N who happened to be going out later that day. Eventually I brought Yu to Mum's place but returned for his nap aka Sito's daddy hack.

The hack works like this - lie down, sleep, let baby do whatever he wants!

That worked! Haha! Yu eventually slept. The problem was he did a poop before he napped so the room stank!!!

Anyway, I'm still not feeling well today. Been feeling like puking since yesterday. Making me non-functional! No more MC - better be well enough tomorrow!!

Or, I might need to take child MC coz Kai went to bed with a mild fever... The school called me towards the end of the day with reports of tummy ache and fever. Kai puked out his lunch when we stepped out of the lift at his school building. And like the caterpillar who ate a green leaf, he felt much better!!

My boy had indigestion *.* Of course, coz he had four slices of bread at home in the morning!! Gotta watch his intake. And Yang who OD-ed on watermelon and puked out red stuff!!
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