Nose Bleed

Darren @ 3 years 10 months

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My household had been free from kid screaming nose bleed for awhile. Unfortunately not anymore.

Lil B started having nose bleed since couple months back. It’s not something that happens regularly on him but when it does,  it bothers him, quite badly.

When Ryan was younger, he too had the same issue. Doctor said it could be due to sensitive blood vessel and it was common in children. After years of experience in managing Ryan’s nose bleed episodes, I can confidently self proclaimed myself an expert in handling and stopping nose bleed. Well, not until I met this fussy toddler who freaks out at the sight of blood.

Long story short,  Ryan was always calm when it happened. He followed through my instructions and never once threw a fuss. Perhaps he was too scared to budge but somehow I remembered him being much easy to handle than his lil brother.

So unlike kor kor, this lil cheeky monster is very difficult to manage.

An hour ago at about 7pm, we ran into the same drama. He was on his ipad when he suddenly screamed (on top of his lungs) nose bleed!!. I turned around and sure enough there was really quite a lot of bright red blood oozing out from his right nostril. I summoned Ryan to get me the ice pack while I attempt to stop the bleeding on the screaming baby’s tiny nostril. While I was busying myself with pinching his nostril and cleaning him up, he on the other hand was very uncooperative. Instead of staying calm and still, he kept himself busy, busy by ensuring his brain cells will continue to send messages to each of his body parts to continue challenging his mommy throughout the ordeal. Thankfully it didn’t take long to stop. After a few mins of pinching his nose,  the bleeding stopped. Lil B was soon back to his old self, tapping on his beloved idiot pad.

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Scaring the lil monster with his own blood.

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See the muka. Geram or not? Lol..

Getting ready for pre-school

Lil B @ 3 year 11 months

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When I went to Singapore back in September, I bought Ryan’s first pair of school shoes.  He needs two pairs to exchange. Recently I went to scout around for his second pair. For some reason I only had Ryan’s requirement at the back of my mind. How about lil b, my hubby asked.  It was only then I realised I’ve not done anything for him. Somehow it just didn’t crossed my mind he needs new shoes, school bag, water bottle etc. It’s funny. Perhaps subconciously I was just not prepared for this milestone. I mean, it’s like, really? My second baby is going to school so soon? Haha…  Anyways, he is. My lil b will be starting his first year at kindy in about a month plus in 2014. Finger crossed for a good start ahead.

Graduating from Standard 1

Ryan @ 7 years 6 months

Time flies. In a blink of an eye Ryan has completed 11 gruelling months in Sri Cempaka.

Why I said gruelling? Gruelling because it was indeed a challenging year.

Ryan came from a non academic kindergarten that focussed on character building. The kids were not taught to write until 5 in the kindergarten. They were only exposed to phonics and maths at 5 going 6. Ryan was not able to read independently upon graduation from Soka. Instead they were taught on respect, honesty, independance just like their motto- Strong, Righteous and Lively.

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So do I have regrets? No. Well, no regrets. Ryan excelled and grow at different aspects of life. Academic is important but life values are no less significant too so I am glad he spent 3 good years with the kindy of course having said so I wouldn’t mind the school do a little more to prep the kids for challenging years ahead.

Anyways, despite the poor foundation, Ryan did fairly well in class this year.

You see, Cempaka is a weird school. Weird in the sense, partially, they follow Singapore system because Mathematics and Science are taught in English. All the two subject textbooks and workbooks are based on Singapore MOE approved syllabus. I even had to stock up on his Standard 2 workbooks during my last trip to Singapore.

Maths and Science aside, their English subject is also an adaption from the Singapore syllabus but since I could get pretty good source of English workbooks here, that’s not an issue. Afterall, English is his mother tongue so I’m not too overly concerned.

Now here comes the biggest challenge. His Bahasa.

At 7 years old, albeit only in Standard 1, students in Cempaka are taught KSSR Standard 2 syllabus. 40 words of Ejaan and half a page of Rencana is something the 7 yo are expected to get used to. By end of year, the same 7 yo are expected to write a 3 paragraphs karangan on topics like Aku Sehelai Sapu Tangan or cover a story on Kemalangan Jalan Raya. Gosh.. sometimes I wonder how did Ryan survive.

During the mid term parents and teacher meet, we were told to buck him up on Bahasa. He was weak in the subject but still a B nevertheless so I wasn’t too worried.

The following few months Ryan’s Bahasa improved leaps and bounds. His marks were in the 90s range (Sistem Bahasa) for all his Topical tests. *Mommy’s hardwork. So don’t think SAHMs are really stay at home mom with nothing on her plate. We play important roles, too!* Oh, did I not mention there are 7 exams in a year – 2 major and 5 topicals throughout the year. *stress*

During the recent parents teacher meet in October, we were told Ryan came out Top 5 in class of 21 students and he needs to brush up on his Bahasa and cut down careless mistakes. When I heard that, i was in a state of shock. Ryan’s results though not excellent was actually not bad. He got above 90 for almost all his subjects and that rendered him Top 5? It sure was a very competitive class wasn’t it. Anyway, I’m glad he did his best. Overall, the session was okay. I was expecting his personal tutor to share more on his day to day in class. Well, nevermind.

So here we are. Survived Standard 1 and looking forward to another good year next.

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Ryan made a few good friends. They are Iskandar (His neighbor in class whom Ryan described as the crying baby because the latter will cry for the most trivial matter like losing an eraser), Isaac and Weng Kiat both his partners in crime, Jasper and Clarkson. Hope the boys will be streamed into the same class next year and may their friendship prevails.

Hubby’s Birthday Celebration

Hubby’s 40 (nah… minus 2), 38 this year. 

The kids and I are blessed to have him in our lives. We may not be filthy rich but with him being the sole breadwinner,  he has provided enough for a roof over our head, food on our table, yearly holidays plus occasional splurges on gifts and surprises. Not to mention how he always rot spoiling us with his unconditional love day and night 365 days 24 hours a day.  So ok la.. what more can we ask for. Count our blessing.

It was like any other day on his birthday. I drove down town in the afternoon to meet the birthday boy for lunch at Ippudo Pavilion. Bliss.

In the evening, Hubs reached home earlier than usual (..because I asked him to. Hehe). After dinner, we had a simple cake blowing session with in laws and the kids.

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Kids decorated the cake with candlesssss…

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Pressies from the kids:

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.. and lastly pressie for the wife. Yeah, how cool is that. Hubs birthday, wifey gets a pressie.

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That’s me and my new toy. Yippeee with love. 

And here’s one for the frame.

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Happy Birthday B. May you be blessed with good health, happiness and abundance of wealth.