June 28, 2008

Quality of Life

I am into the 2nd week of being a part time SAHM mom, student, 'tai-tai' and soon to be pre-school teacher and I am really enjoying it. Not many at my age will be able to experience this quality of life that most hope for.
I feel that I am in a pretty good place now with my life. To be able to get a break from working full-time, watch my child develop daily, spend time with hubby and then given a chance at a new career. All of that without having to lift a finger to do any housework or to have to slog over the stove. So here I am, a self proclaimed 'tai-tai', without the frivolous spending.

It's amazing how quickly a day goes by when there seems to be so much to do. It is a refreshing change from the 9-6pm responsibilities I used to have at work, when you are just part of this corporation which only objective is to earn a profit. Life fufills a more meaningful purpose and I really thank God for this chance that He has given and I must say indeed that I am blessed :)

Went to Vivocity yesterday with Keith and Kyle, and it felt great to be able to spend time with family on a weekday, leisuring watching the rest of the world pass us by.

Kyle, the toddler with a purpose

Feeding himself and enjoying his food

Sharing his favorite fruit; a banana with Dad

'A big bite for me...'

"...and just a teeny bit for dad!"

June 23, 2008

Thanks Dad

Keith felt rather neglected about not being mentioned in my last entry, so here it is; thanks for helping me out the past one week - for washing and sterilising the bottles and helping with chores around the house, you really made my experience at being SAHM for the one week much easier :)

Glad to see that with this adjustments in our lifestyle, Kyle has also grown to be more attached to you.

Thanks Dad...here's a salute to you for being a sweet and caring father!

June 21, 2008

Toddler Week

So how has the week been? Obviously not looking the most glamorous since I have never been that glam to start with; with unkempt hair sans make-up and chasing after a toddler the whole time.
The week has been rather tiring but really worthwhile, probably more worthwhile than any of the good weeks put together from all my previous jobs. No demanding and unreasonable bosses, no 'sian' projects to complete, no annoying people to work with...only a babbling, laughing and sometimes crying toddler to content with, as well as a lack of some shut-eye.
My review of this week? It has been indeed an interesting way to start a new chapter of my life...although I would have hoped to get some time in between to catch up on my reading. I have gotten really attached to my little boy, and will continue to be more hands-on in his care even after Belle is back. However I do also look forward to spending some 'me' time in the next week.
As for the highlight of week for Kyle? A visit from Alex and Aunty Linda on Thursday and Friday, here are some pics of the toddlers interacting with one another...

Lunch at SICC poolside

Sharing blueberries

'Stop pulling my t-shirt...'

'Kyle just pinched my face...'

Besides some snatching of toys from one another, a little pinching and hitting, I also learnt that it is always good to have two sets of the same toy. Even having two sets of the toy was not enough, as the one that the other toddler is holding on to is always the more preferred item. But of course there were some happy moments...

There were even free hugs all around when the afternoon ended. When it was time for Alex to go home, I noticed Kyle's expression that he really did not want Alex to leave. As for Alex, it took Linda a bit of prompting to get Alex to follow her into the lift.

Kyle and Mum will be looking forward to the next get together really soon.

As for Kyle, his latest obsession is crayons. He has discovered the wonders of scribbling on paper, and to my dismay, as well as to the rest of the table. Thank goodness for washable crayons, one of the best inventions after diapers...

(there are some problems with the formatting of the paragraphs in this entry, the untidyness of the layout is driving me nutts...)

June 17, 2008

An update from this week's SAHM

I am officially a SAHM this week...my 'new job' started last Saturday (explains why there wasn't any updates during the weekend). I must say that it is really not easy looking after an active little one.

Not only do I have accomodate my concerns for Kyle not eating enough solids in the day and he is also possibly experiencing a growth spurt; as he still wakes up at 3 a.m. at 15 months and demands to be fed 250 ml of milk, and then wakes up another 4 hours later for his morning feed and finishes another 250ml of milk. But also having to lull him to sleep (carrying him most of the time) with a lullaby.

Most mothers will advise me to wean him off his wee hour's feed and use the cry-it-out method for bedtime, but I have realised that it is not so easy with my little one. He is one strong willed toddler, preferring to trash his body around in the bed, or crying to a point of almost throwing up if he does not get the comfort of a feed or a lullaby. So I have tried and have not been successful in 'training' him, so I would rather let nature take its course and I believe he will eventually grow out of it. Besides even if I successfully 'train' him to self-soothe this week, I suppose Belle will probably revert back to her usual method (which is in her terms the quickest way) of putting him to bed. Probably she will give up using her method eventually when he gets too heavy to be carried to sleep...

When Kyle's awake, he is one endearing toddler (most of the time anyway), I heard his first 3 syllabus word yesterday, 'Umbrella' and he started calling Keith, 'Dad', sounded like a bigger boy's version of his 'Da Da', actually I think he probably decided to go with the first syllabus of the word 'Dad-dy'. This morning he pronounced the word 'Bread' very clearly when we were having toasted bread with olive spread for breakfast.

Anyhow I am not like many other moms who will make a point to record every single word that their toddler can say. His passive vocabulary is much wider (the words that he understand but do not speak) and to hear new words from Kyle every other day is rewarding enough.

I attempted to give Kyle a haircut yesterday and Keith says that it looks like a 'bowl' haircut, check out his fringe in this pic.

I figured that I am better off cutting his hair myself then bringing him to the hair-dresser. Both the hairdresser and toddler get very stressed and distressed during the experience.

Obviously I am not a very good hairstylist...Nana had to do some 'damage control' when Kyle and I went to her place yesterday.

Seems like Kyle much more well-behaved when I am taking care of him, guess the little boy knows his limits when mom is in charge. I also make an effort to keep his routines relaxing and enjoyable, probably that is the difference when Belle is taking care of him. Most domestic help are very task oriented, anyhow, they should be when it comes to household chores. However most of them adopt the same attitude when taking care of a child and have a tendency to rush through the routine, and pass on their anxiety to the child.

I realise that it really makes a huge difference in his behaviour and temperament when I talk to him nicely when I want him to do something, provide him with choices and encourage him to be independent.

Anyhow, managed to catch this pic this afternoon as Kyle was taking his nap; arms and legs spread eagle...

June 7, 2008

The Boys in Blue

We came back from lunch and grocery shopping and tried to get Kyle to take his afternoon nap. Keith tried to tire him out with a bit roughhousing, however was not successful in getting Kyle to take his nap.

'I gotta take 5 and I will be all ready to start again!'

"I may look kinda tired to you but I am not really that tired..."

"No...this is not going to get me to sleep either..."

The saturday evening ended with a pair of tired parents and an extremely alert and active toddler. Maybe a warm bath will help?!?!

June 1, 2008

Sugar High

I am amazed by Kyle's ability to stay awake today for 12 hours, with only a 15 min nap in between. Somehow, he refused to take his morning and afternoon nap and only managed a short nap in the car, while we were driving to church this afternoon.

Seems that Belle, my helper is the only one that can get him to take his naps in the day and at night. Hmm....this could pose a slight problem when she is taking her home leave from the 14-21 June. I really hope this period will be a good opportunity for Kyle to finally learn how to soothe himself to sleep. Looks like I could also end up being extremely frazzled and lose a bit of weight after that week!

He was this super duper energetic tod today, enthusiastically asked to be fed during lunch; ate anything that we gave him. Either the chefs at 'Bosses' @ Vivo are extremely fantastic cooks or what I professed in the blog's post yesterday actually came true...

He requested for a cucumber stick, post dessert. This was after eating a bowl of 'shredded chicken with rice in winter melon soup', some watermelon juice and half a banana...all of that despite having a bottle of milk about 2 and a half hours ago.

An extremely full and satisfied toddler, this is probably one of those days that Kyle may be experiencing a growth spurt. Wouldn't mind seeing him eat so well more often. Grow baby grow!

Delighted parents of the toddler that ate so well

Sharing a 'tiger yawn' with the bear