Mid Autumn Festival

@ 41 months 3 weeks 1 day

There were 2 celebrations in Ryan’s school on the 30th Sept and 2nd Oct inconjunction with Children’s Day and Mid Autumn Festival respectively. Further the H1N1 advisory by MOE, the school stepped up their hygiene measures and it has been a long while since parents were allowed to participate in the school’s activities. Nonetheless, the school made an exemption for Mid Autumn Festival. Parents were invited. Although invites were limited to 2 pax per child but it was good enough. This would be Ryan’s last celebration at the school in view of our impending move back to KL end of the month so session as such (get together for parents and child) was a bonus and greatly welcomed.

We have been pre empting Ryan about our move back ‘home sweet home’. I think he has a mixture of feelings. He loves KL, but at the same time, he misses his friends and school. He would always ask if Brooklyn, Aaron, Benedict and Verlynne (the few classmates he consider his best friends) would be in KL. When I answered ‘no, they won’t’ he would ask me ‘whyyyyyyyy?????’. 

… and then there was a period of time he was very reluctant to go back KL and the reason given was because the schools in KL are smaller – something which puzzled me because as far as I know, he had no prior esposure to schools in KL and it’s simply impossible for him to have that kind of impression. Anyway, we brought him to Tadika Seri Soka to complete the enrolment process last month and to our much relief, he seem to take on the school quite positively eventhough I know his present school will definitely leave a lasting happy memories. I hope it would not be a too uphill transition period for the little boy. 

In the meantime, we are still contemplating whether or not to send Ryan to the kindy due to some reservations on our end. Our first choice was  Tadika Sri Cempaka, unfortunately they only take in students 5 years old (K1 and above). We have not really surveyed around. In any case, Seri Soka is our backup.

1) Children’s Day. Ms Sng and Liang Laotsi helped me snapped some pics of the kids.

 

 

2) Mid Autumn Festival celebration at school


Lights off. Kids with their respective lantern taking a stroll around the school


Ryan with his dragon lantern (I had bought him an elephant lantern from Taka earlier but he insisted he wanted a dragon instead. He ended up with 2 lanterns)

   
L: Ryan and Zach posing with their respective lanterns. R: ryan with his fav toy in class (the dinaosour – also his latest craze now)


Ryan with his muka sepuluh sen


Queuing up for hand wash before snack


Lots of mooncakes, cookies on the flow that day but the kids were obviously not interested while parents either too busy chit chatting or taking pictures (like me). OMG.. I’m already missing these people and place. Help! :(

 

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That night I brought Ryan to the Marina Square playground again. Ryan loves the playground here as it was not crowded and importantly it’s air conditioned. I never liked to bring Ryan to the playground at our place as it’s always populated with older mischievous kids.


@ the playground


We decided to visit The Merlion Park before heading home. The view of Marina Bay Sands


The Merlion


For the first time Ryan requested us to take picture of him with the mini Merlion

 

Singapore Formula 1 Night Race

@ 41 months 2 weeks 6 days

Hubby has been a F1 fan for more than a decade; since Aryton Senna days. For me.. I don’t follow each and every race  as much as I used compared to when I was in my Uni years. Now I only keep abreast with the general F1 news.

Hubby bought the tickets many months in advance to enjoy the early bird discount ($248 pp). This year we decided to get the grandstand tickets as opposed to the walk about tickets which we opted for last year. It was simply too tiring walking around without a fixed spot to sit. I was telling hubby it was a decision wisely made, otherwise I doubt I would be able to keep up his pace walking around with my current condition.

Ryan knew about the impending F1 race weeks ahead the actual day as we passed by the route every morning when we send hubs to work. He would tell us he wants to bring along his camera (our old Canon IXUS 50D is Ryan’s possession now). You should see how excited he was just by looking at the prep work (fences, seats, lightings) the organiser put up. We wished we could bring Ryan along but kids below 7 years old were strongly discouraged to attend due to the loud noise. We dare not take the risk. :( Hopefully we could bring him along to Sepang’s race next year, at least the track is much further from the seats/spectators.

Day 1 – 25th Sept. I decided not to go for the practise session as I felt heavy hearted leaving Ryan at home alone with my helper 3 days in a row. With a spare ticket on hand, Hubs invited his friend ‘Machine’ who was more than pleased to go with him. Normally Ryan would watch the race with Daddy but tonight he watched the live telecast on TV with Mommy. He asked so many questions about the sport (what team, what they were doing, what was this and that, etc) to which Daddy proudly proclaimed Ryan’s interest on motorsports is definitely from his genes. I have no doubt about that.  

Day 2 – 26th Sept. I felt extremely heavy hearted the whole day anticipating Ryan would be very upset when he learned we had left him behind for the race. Just before we leave home, I quickly got him ready for bed - sponged him and brushed his teeth. He was in the play room with Loida when hubs and I sneaked out. It has been a while since hubs and I had to sneak out. Ryan had been a darling, waving goodbye to us when we were going out for a long time until recently – a couple weeks back to be exact. I could only assume it’s because of the little person in me. Mmm….

The qualifying race is at 10pm but we sneaked out earlier at about 8.00pm anticipating the bad traffic. We reached Suntec at around 8.30pm. So we took a quick bite at Cartel’s Cafe @ Marina Square.  I had their award winning St Louis Pork Ribs and hubs ordered Cartel’s Pan Fried Macaroni. Yummy!!

At about 10.30pm, Loida texted me – “Ryan cried a lot and just slept”. Oh dear.. poor boy. Slept at 10.30pm!! That was kinda late.  :(

The qualifying session lasted about an hour. It ended at 11.15pm. There were people everywhere. So many F1 enthusiasts. I guess the night race is a real big catch and this year there were many supporting races and shows. After the qualifying, we walked a distance until we reached the Suntec Convention Centre to hail a cab. We were lucky. There was no queue and we reached home around 11.40pm.

Loida told me Ryan refused to sleep. He cried so much and demanded Harry-Boat-Harry stories (it’s actually 3 different bed time stories which I would tell Ryan every night. First is about Harry visiting the zoo/animal kingdom, followed by Mickey and Minnie on boat ride and lastly a story of Harry again – can be any storyline) but poor Loida had no idea what stories were they. It doesn’t helped Ryan only wanted the 3 stories and no others.

   

Day 3 – 27th Sept. Ryan woke up demanding us to tell him where we went last night. We told him we went for the race. He seemed to understand that he is too young to attend but can’t denied he was still visibly upset. Poor boy.

We had to leave before 6.30pm for the 8pm race. I had intentionally allowed Ryan to skip his nap today so he could sleep early. I briefly told Loida about the stories in hope tonight will be a smoother night for both of them.

We had our dinner at Crystal Jade. At about 8.30pm, Loida texted me. I was so relieved to read that Ryan did not fuss as much and he was asleep after the stories. Phew. I found out the next morning Ryan slept after 1 Harry story. When I asked Ryan about it, he said it was because ‘kakak”s story was not nice. Hahahaha……

The race ended around 11.00pm. Overall it was a boring race, hahaha at least for me. F1 is really a TV sport. Being on-site is really for the feel and atmosphere. You could only see the car zoomed passed in split mili seconds.


Safety car – I think it was during Heidfeld (BMW) and Sutil (Force India) impact

The race organisation was really poor too. We were literally shoulder to shoulder on our way out. It doesn’t helped with the very limited exit points. Thumbs down to the organiser!

The next day, to make it up for Ryan, I brought him to pick Daddy after work.


He saw this pair of shoes and fell in love with it right away. I thought they were ugly…


Having fun at the indoor playground @ Marina Square


His latest craze is Bob the Builder


Looking extremely auntie and pregnant here @ 22 weeks 2 days

 

5th month check up

(23 weeks 3 days)

I went for my 5th month detailed scan on 15 sept 2009 (5 months 3 days). I’m grateful that everything went smooth and well.

I reached Dr Tony Tan’s office at 3.15pm. My appt was at 3.45pm. With the half an hour to spare I went to their cafe with the intention to grab a quick Roti Tissue. Unfortunately, the fella who manned the stall told me no roti tissue but I can opt for Roti Prata Telur (similar to our Roti Canai). I was so disappointed. Haiz. How could they turn down a pregnant lady’s craving right. Hahaha.. as if they care.

After my quickie bite. I went upstairs for my appointment. I went to the loo with a dip stick for the routine urine test. All normal. Next, the nurse called my name for pressure and weight check. My eyes popped when I saw 53.8kg on the scale. Gosh.. I gained close to 3kg in a month?? I sorta expected a gain but 3kg? Scary. Must be the roti. LOL.

BB2 was cooperative for awhile but after 20 minutes or so BB2 decided to put up a fuss. After numerous futile tries to capture the image on spine and right heart, my obgyn suggested a 10 minutes break.

10 minutes passed. BB2 was cooperative again. Voila. All done. All perfect.

BB2 was about 377g (about 27g heavier than average) with long legs and arms. I guess that explains why my tummy is bigger this time round comparing to Ryan’s at the same month.

My appetite is growing and growing. I don’t have any special cravings but I do have a slight preference over sweet flavoured drinks/food than anything else. 7-11 Slurpee, Ice cream, Starbucks’s Chocolate Chips Vanilla are some of my favourite! Soooo unhealthy!

I opted for a Chorionic Villus Sampling procedure back in July. That procedure made me $1500 poorer but it was really money we couldn’t have saved anyway. After 10 days of agonising, torturing, sleepless nights, I received the much awaited phone call from the clinic. Thank goodness. All’s good. Yippeeee!!!

The above is a copy of BB2′s chromosome chart received from my obgyn and that was after I made a personal call to the lab for a copy of it. Apparently it wasn’t a standard procedure to release the chart; summary report yes. Mmm.. anyway.. glad I made that extra effort. So cute.


From the chart, it’s no secret BB2 will be a boy or girl.. *smile*

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…. anyway, here’s presenting the first glimpse of my cutie little boy (aka BB2, aka little brother)

Ryan’s reaction….

@ 41 months 2 weeks 5 days

I broke the news to Ryan 2 days after I found out I was pregnant with BB2 (19 May 2009). Not being biased. Daddy and son actually found out about the news on the same day. Come to think of it, how did I manage to keep mum for 2 days without spilling the beans.

Back to Ryan, I wasn’t sure what to expect of him. Not knowing if he would welcome an addition to the family, not sure if he would feel his one and only spot would be threatened, etc. Having said so, to my pleasant surprise, he accepted BB2 immediately. I asked him if he would want a little brother or sister. Without hesitatetion, he said ‘LITTLE BROTHER’. *smile*. He was evidently thrilled with excitement and curiousity. From then, his questions never ends. 

I’m almost 6 months into my pregnany and I could see Ryan’s affections towards ‘little brother’ are fonder by the day. I showed Ryan the scan pictures starting from my 3rd month scan  and I was so content when I see the smile on his face each time he look at the pictures. Every now and then, he would ask me if I have any new pictures of the baby. So he has seen picture of his little brother from pea size until now almost 6 months geatational size.

I explained to Ryan that baby will only come out once he has grown into a healthy size. He seem to take on the explanation quite well. He asked if he went through the same process when he was a baby. I’m glad Ryan is such a mature child who understands why mommy couldn’t carry him now, why he couldn’t rest his legs on mommy’s tummy, why sooner or later we won’t be able to shower together, why mommy’s tummy is growing bigger and bigger, what not.

Affections. Ryan has always been an affectionate boy. He’s the type who would not hesitate to show you his limitless love, name it by words or physical (the innumerable hugs and kisses). OMG, this is the time when I wish I could put a pause to time. I am already missing him. He’s growing up too too fast. That said, there is no surprise he too made no reservation showering his affections to little brother. He would ask me to lift my shirt so he could touch and kiss my tummy, speak to little brother (saying hi and byes), put his hand on my tummy to feel little brother’s kicks… something I would expect from Daddy really.

Jealousy. Yes and No. Ryan did not show any negative reations towards the impending arrival of a new family member. I guess to him, having another baby at home simply mean having another playmate/ toy to play with. Clinginess yes!!! To the certain extent he would just walk behind me around the house; like my mini shadow. I used to be able to kiss him goodbye and leave the house to run some errands. Now, back to sneaking out days. On good days, he would be contented to stay home with my helper. On bad days, he would call me on my mobile several times asking me where I was, what time I would be home, etc (yea.. we have our numbers stick on the wall, so he could call us anytime he wants).

Once we asked Ryan if he’s willing to share his books, toys etc with little brother.

Would you share your toys with little brother?” I asked.
Yes mommy. I’ll give my Ultraman to little brother” *sweet eventhough that’s because he’s not longer into Ultraman craze* 

Mommy… I want to wear this shirt” Ryan insisted on wearing an old shirt which he outgrown
No.. it’s too small for you” I insisted
Must keep for little brother?” he asked….

I’m glad he has his little brother in his thoughts all the time……. *sweet*

 


I still remember his first step of independence when he was 11 months. Now he’s cycling… how time flies, really!

 


Caught in the act vandalising the fountain

 


He love the slides but it was always difficult for him to take the first few steps because he would scream saying it was too high. I am not surprised he has agrophobia (height) like YehYeh. :(