08 June 2017

Merego2rounds - Meredith's 2nd Birthday

Finally getting down to do some back log! I got lotsa catching up to do haha but i do what i can lah! It hasn't been easy okay, coping with a newborn and a super sticky 2 year old haha.

Anyway here to put down Meredith's second party! It was the first kids' party i ever planned so i was really excited haha. More excited than Meredith i think! I asked Meredith what theme she would like for her birthday and she told me "Gai Ner Saw! And acnemers!"

Dinosaurs and animals it is hahaha.

OKAY EASY! I went on to design some games, you can see #Qiugang on instagram haha. Very impressive if i might say so myself =) LOL.

Kiddy goodie bags for the kids. Inside everything also got animals / dinosaur related snacks and notebooks haha. We got the brown paper bags and hedgehog notes from Daiso!
Neo Garden catering did our buffet spread in animal theme and i'm quite impressed!!! =D You may contact them if you like any other themes or colour schemes for your buffet line! =D
 Ke ai ba!!! =D
Spot the little animals randomly lying around haha.
And many little details that makes me smile a little when i saw them.
OH GOD THEIR CURRY CHICKEN. As yummy as usual!!! So tender can die. I need to quickly move on if not i crave for it again lolol. You must have this in the menu for your buffet line!!!
Fat and juicy har gows (prawn dumplings).
Thank you Neo Garden catering! You never fail to fill and satisfy stomachs at a celebration!
Special thanks to their staff for working so hard that day during setups! They really very pro, bring sooooo much props for the theme and even put in so much effort for the lighting effect T.T Thank you!
And the dessert table, of course done up by Enjoue!!! I discussed with Bess just very briefly about what Meredith wants and she went ahead and planned everything else!
Gotta say she nailed it. But my handwritten Meredith's 2nd Birthday totally potong stim for the dessert table HAHAHA. Sorry, i thought i would do a good job LOL. Meredith look very stone becox she just woke up from nap hahaha.
Thanks for being so appreciative of the things people do for you, Meredith =) LOL.
IS THIS NOT THE CUTEST animal X dinosaur cake ever haha.
Somebody super happy that day cox received soooooo many presents!!!
Sorry cake too nice have to share another angle haha.
Cute dao yao si these little cake pops!!!
Thank you so much Bess!!! Always appreciate the effort you put into your work!!! XIE XIE NI! BTW THE DONUTS ARE A MUST-HAVE. It's so good that i kept it and eat it over the next few days LOL.
Water play time with all the kids. Someone very happy oh haha. Finally awake from all the stoning lol. Also it's so amazing, kids. See here they are, all so innocent and perfect. Soon they will grow up and you'd never know what life has in store for them that's why it's always exciting to watch them grow. 小孩子的世界真的很奇妙.. Grow well, all you little ones =')))
Everyone look here~!!! Anyway look at what Sierra is holding and blowing on. It's just a bottle that we cut up, then tie a sock over, then soak it with some Johnson2 bath gel mixed with water, voila~! SNAKE FOAM~!!! Pinterest is awesome. Just search, kids water play and you'd find lotsa cheap DIY ideas!
Erm. Me and Josh couple wear. LOL. Yeah! Inside the dinosaur suit is Josh LOL. This is how far he will go for his daughter LOL. Just to make her happy.
Backyard fun.
A picture with the mascot for the day.
After water play, my little explorer appears haha.
Peace~ ^.^V
Our little happy family.. OF 4! =D One was still a hipseat for Meredith at that point of time LOL.
It is sooooooo hard to have all the kids sit down and take a picture. This was not the perfect shot, we didn't get a perfect shot but i added this picture just so we could take a moment to look at how 陶醉 Jiselle is with her lollipop. LOLOL. My friend's Kah Wei's niece 有这样完美圆润的身材 不是一天两天练出来的. Can tell how much she adore food LOLOL.
We arrange and manhandle the kids until they also sian liao LOL.
Cut cake~!!!
Asking her to make a wish haha.
With my family =D
And then a little birthday song for Sierra whose birthday is also in March! =D Enjoue prepared Hello Kitty cake and cupcakes for her haha. Thank you! Meredith is soooo much more excited about other people's birthday than her own. She sing birthday song for Sierra machiam tio 4D like this. Jump and cheer and raise hands all wth haha. Guan ni pi shi hahahaha.
As they eat their cake, we clear the outdoor games (see #QiuGang on instagram!) and set up the camping tent haha. With fake campfire nonetheless! Then we put all the walking helium animal balloons inside after getting the kids to each adopt one to go camping with haha. Fun. You know why is it fun? Becox all the kids left the adults alone and just sat inside. Ahhhh~ RELAXING. Lol.

And on Meredith's actual birthday.. Michelle brought us to artzoo haha.
It was quite dirty and wet but fun anyway~ =D
The lady at the back almost twinsie outfit with Mich hahaha.
Thank you to the best ganma in the world!
Meredith had the most fun in this giant ball pit! 
在拍 IPL advert ma Mich? LOL.
Grow bigger, Meredith =))
My bestfriend and also your bestfriend =)))
Boiing. Boiing~
And then we picnic at some bench hahaa. Supposed to go fly kite but it was getting too dark.
Cake-stabbing, should i be afraid? LOL.
Meredith happy that day cox she can snack sooo much!
爱心 sandwich and riceballs by gan ma =D
That's you, Meredith.. You're loved by so many.. =') Always be thankful..

Happy birthday, my sweetest, kindest girl, Meredith.

This was what went down for your second birthday party. It wasn't as fanciful as your first birthday party, but hey, they say "first" of anything is always the best haha. I don't know about that but for sure mama love my first daughter a lot, a lot =))

It's been three weeks since your baby sister came into our life, you've been coping as well as mummy, i.e not very well haha but we're coping. You have your little meltdowns, started to throw tantrums for no reasons, started to not want to do certain things unless mummy do it with you.

I think i know why you're doing all these. Maybe you miss mummy as much as i missed you, i haven't been able to do a lot of things with you since i was carrying meimei. But things are just gonna get better, i promise! Mummy is just gonna get fitter and fitter, then i can shower you again, i can carry you for a loooong time, i can run up and down the playground with you again =D

Sorry for all the times mama had to discipline you or when mama lost patience with you especially with a extra little wailing baby in our family.. But always always stay bright and cheerful like you are, never let anyone take that away from you. Not even me.

Even if i tell you all the time you can't do this, you can't do that, you should do this, you should do that.. Even though i do all these, thinking i know better, i want you to know better for yourself and decide on what you wanna do in life, who you wanna be in life..

I will always be behind you to support you, be by your side to walk with you and be in front of you if you're ever lost and afraid to move ahead.

Mama love you so much.. More than i can ever understand.

So much that mama is willing to live a lifetime, feeling i'm never doing enough.

Thank you Meredith, for all the joy and laughter you've brought into papa and mama's lives.

Don't let growing up kill that spark..

All my love,
Mama

10 May 2017

My life is about to change again

Last 2 years were the time where i had the most changes in life.

From being a mother, to getting pregnant again, to dealing with lawsuits, and in the next 1-2 weeks to come, my life is about to change again..

I will be a mother of two.

Don't think i've grasp the concept of "doing it right" with one child yet haha, how am i going to do it with two! I too wonder. Guess i'd just go with it!

Right now if you ask me, i'm more worried about how Meredith will feel and how it will change her, having a little sister. As of now she has already registered that she has a meimei inside me, coming out soon.

Everyday she would kiss her meimei, without me asking ='))) She eat food / fruits also will wanna feed the meimei, which is essentially my belly lol. Play toys also she will show meimei her toys.. She where pain pain also will show meimei.. So far i must say she interacts with my belly and me overly well. LOL.

"See meimei! See!" *shows her toy to my belly* Then i will jiggle my belly a little and squeak softly "Thank you jiejie! I love it! It's so fun!" O.O

I am gonna be bipolar soon i swear LOL. I play so many characters a day with all her 2973976348 soft toys. And now i gotta role play as her meimei also lol.

As much as she likes meimei, she is also insecure about not being loved with an additional meimei.

It first started when she was having a video call with Michelle. And Michelle said "Sorry Meredith this time Ganma bought a lot of clothes for meimei.. Not so much for you.. Next time ganma get for you okay.."

Meredith pouted sadly for a while and look at me "But i wang..... =((( I oso wang.. Wah abao me?"

Then another time a stroller was delivered to our house. It's suitable for both of them. So when Meredith saw the stroller she asked

Meredith: Dis for me? My sholer?

Me: Yeah, it's for you and meimei.

Meredith: Noooo. It's for me! *about to melt down*

Me: Okay okay. It's for you.

Meredith: Yes. It's for me.

Me: But can you share with meimei?

Meredith: Can! I share wee meimei my sholer. Mas xie.

=__="

Then she proceed to put her shoes at the stroller, and then hang her water bottle on it too =___=" Hahaha. Each time not forgetting to remind us "Dis my sholer. I xie wee meimei". Okay okay yours yours yours!

And then i was explaining this picture to her to talk about being considerate and giving up seats to people who need it more and she was pointing out that the mummy (the one carrying a baby in the carrier) is me, and so i casually replied..

Me: Yes.. That's mummy. And i'm carrying meimei.. This is Meredith yes? *points to the little girl sitting on the far left*

Meredith: Noooo.. Dis Mehdith. Dis not meimei.. Mama carry me.. Hmph.. Hmph.. Hmph.. ='(((

=OOO What kind of insensitive mother am i!

She really hmph hmph hmph like a bit hurt a bit angry and wanna cry wanna cry like this.

And look at me like why i don't love her omggggg. HOW AM I GONNA DEAL WITH HER LITTLE ACCIDENTAL HEARTBREAKS KNOWING THERE'S GONNA BE MORE TO COME T________T

She really is my baobei for so long.. Can't help but feel a little sad that soon she will have to deal with not being able to have papa and mama's attention fully and i'm very very worried if i'd accidentally hurt her or her or be insensitive to her constant need for assurance and attention especially with meimei around by then T_T

Like even for her school time, we might have to adjust it a little bit to have her stay in school to nap instead of coming home to nap becox we are scared that meimei's crying will disturb her rest and vice-versa. And also English, pre- Maths and pre-Science classes are all after nap time, on different days.

But honestly i just can't let it go. I cannot let her go T____T If i let her go to school 10am - 4pm that's 6 hours away from me everyday instead of just 3 hours like it's always been.

Just the thought of it 我就心痛死.

Am i being over-dramatic here.. I don't know. Probably.. But i feel like crying becox i mean right now i put her to nap everyday i'm home, and on some days when i'm not, she would sometimes wait for me to put her to nap.. Her favourite song is "Mama love bidang" Bidang is her.. And the tune is It's A Small World. The lyrics repeat with "Mama love bidang.. Bidang love mama" and with that she will always fall asleep sound and sweet =')))

But if she naps in school is howwwww. As much as Meredith's teachers and school is really awesome, nobody is gonna sing her lullaby i suppose???

OMG BUT ANOTHER PART OF ME IS SCREAMING AT MYSELF to ask me to let go becox Meredith needs to grow and what comforts me and comforts her right now might not be suitable for the long run T___T And that i should never be that kind of mother who baby their kids until they ownself don't know they are stifling the growth and maturing of their kids.

Josh (Co-Founder of Meredith LOL) also tell me i need to let it go.. T________T And that i can let Meredith try first, to see how.

Michelle (Main sponsor HAHA) ask me to start her on the longer school timing sooner becox if i wait until meimei comes out then i let her go try, she will think it's becox of meimei that she has to nap in school and that will be worst. I agree.. But i'm only left with 2 weeks T___T It means i have to let her go try soon. Like maybe this week. HOW DO I DO IT WHEN I DON'T WANT TO DO IT.

Urghomg.

I drafted this post 1 week ago, when i actually am left with 2 weeks time to decide. A week later, things have changed and i've decided, to not let her nap in school =XXX Pre-school Science and Maths and English can wait, she'd learn them matter of time.

Meredith is gonna continue to go only 3 hours becox that's enough time for learning, playing and social interaction with teachers and other kids and then she can come home to enjoy time with us and her little baby sister. I read with her everyday anyway! We also do counting and learn alphabets at home. I think she's doing okay learning wise, for a 2 yro! (actually just comforting myself becox i don't know if i'm doing the right thing or just doing the easier thing).

As for me, when the baby is out, i'd just have to figure out how to let them both get rest without waking each other up. I think Meredith being the jiejie will understand how to help me =D

I guess you can already see, i'm not ready-ready. Too many things unsettled and i have all these mom-struggles. We'd take one step a time alright!!!

My life is about to change again, i don't know what to expect but i expect it to change so that when it does, i know i'd deal with it like how i've been dealing with it since =) With lotsa good faith, positivity and determination to be a good enough mommy for my.. Kids =')



29 April 2017

Pursoft MOMents

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Here to share some little moments that makes up motherhood for me, since Mothers' Day is around the corner. And i'd be honest here, Mothers' Day has never been a thing for me, until i became a mother myself..

Guess i wasn't lucky in that sense, i've never had a close bond with my mother.. If you realise it's something i never really talk about even though you can tell i'm quite an open person on my blog and social media. Becox no matter what, she's still my mother and i don't want people to look at her in ways they shouldn't.

You could say i was taught and brought up by my elder sisters and father. Even then, i do have a few fond memories of my mother before things went down-south for about 20 years now = l

I remember when i was in Kindergarten, sometimes she would come and fetch me after school, sometimes with a little bottle of drink, sometimes we would buy one egg tart and i'd eat it as we walked home..

Sometimes she would bring me along when she shops. One time she brought Pearl and i. She only had $20 with her, i think that's my dad's budget for her to bring us out. I insisted on a tub of $19.90 building blocks. She got it for me anyway.. And we had to go home straight after cox got no more money to shop / eat anyway after buying the building blocks O.O I remember this becox Pearl was scolding and lecturing me on the bus ride home and my mother said "不要紧啦". She said it's okay =') Those were some little fond memories..

As i grew older, i became more and more aware of what's going on and i guess i could only say.. We couldn't communicate at all.. So more and more arguments happened, and then with time, it become indifference and as i age to become adult myself, i simply accept that she's afterall still a family member, we are responsible for her so we do what we can..

We still go out on family dinner, still spend family weekends together.

Now that i'm writing about this, i think maybe i can finally understand why i've always wanted to be a mother. I realised maybe all these while, i knew exactly what was lacking in my childhood..

A mother's tenderness, strength and toughness.. The kind of support and comfort you can only find from your mother.. Kind of like what Pursoft provides me with. See this video that Pursoft did T.T


Watch until i cry wth T___T Prepare some Pursoft tissue before you watch ah.

My sisters and i probably wouldn't know how that feels like and i ask myself if i yearn for it, i do. A lot more when i was younger, when i look at my friends' mothers, and then a lot lesser as i grow up cox that's how you grow strong yourself, you find sources of strength, love and happiness to keep going!

And then when i become a mother myself, JENG KENG JENG, finally i can 散发母爱 myself hahahah.

I literally waited soooooo long to be a mother so when Meredith came to the world, i remember i was thankful even when cleaning her poop wth, it's like "Thank you for the opportunity to clean your poop and service you, my baby" LOL.

You wanna give your baby the best, you kinda have to be able to afford it too haha!
I remember i was telling Sijie how i think full-time working mummies are so freaking unbeatable, invincible and strong. And that i really respect all you full-time working mummies.

Becox i see how Sijie wake up before dawn breaks, change Yuxuan's diaper / give her milk, then prep for work, then spend 1 hour plus travelling to work by walking to the bus stop, taking bus to MRT station then take the train to her workplace then walk or take a bus in etc. And when she's coming home, she takes the same 1 hour plus route back..

And that's after you had a long day at work you know!!! And we all know the challenges everyone might face at work. Then okay, still gotta make your way home through the rush hour. Some mummies gotta go home and cook and clean somemore =OOO Are you guys bionics O.O

While Sijie tells me she thinks stay-at-home mummies are so inspiring and respectable becox they do everything by themselves and dedicate all their time and thoughts to their kids. I agree! It's so selfless and noble.

But to me being able to have the luxury of choice to not have to work, and to spend ALLLLLL my time with my kid is like striking lottery so i don't see it as a challenge but i know truth is, if i really am able to do that, i'd probably have other sets of challenges to face as a full-time SAHM. Haha.

It's like this isn't it, grass is always greener on the other side hahaha.

That's why i term myself the WFHM -

Work-from-home mummies.

LOL. This is how mummies always find a way.

So i still can do the things i enjoy - Spending time with Meredith, feed her, play with her, put her to nap, do activities with her.. And when she's napping / sleeping, i get time to do my work or run errands =D

It sounds like a perfect solution, but really, it's tough. Some work are more urgent than the others so they can't exactly wait til your daughter is asleep to be done haha.

But hey, i'm still happy i can get by by having ALMOST best-of-both-world, to be able to have a job where i can work from home and spend time with my daughter!

All these little moments.. During her meal time.. =))
Btw that's the latest design for Pursoft! It's the Chocolate Rain girl! Cute hor. Here i am trying to clean her hands for the 2927846923649th time haha.

Mums will understand. You just have to make sure their hands are as clean as they can be almost at all times becox anytime they might just rub their eyes, swipe hair off their face etc..

Now i appreciate ALL the times during our childhood where we accidentally spill drinks / soup during meal time where somehow my mum will always whip out tissue paper haha!

And i remember times when the adult tries to wipe our mouth after food, or wipe our sweat when we're playing and we'd always struggle or get annoyed and just wanna run away quickly haha. Now as a parent myself, I think these are all little soft touches from mummies ='))

"But mummy, i can do it myself =D" Hahah. Yes you best okay, Meredith.
Meredith lovessss soup but of course it's not the most fuss-free thing to feed her LOL. I'd always bring a 3-ply Pursoft travel pack out in my own bag! You think this is auntie?
CHECK THIS OUT. Hahaha! A mother shall never run out of tissue paper wth haha. The Pursoft soft pack is always available in her diaper bag when we go out =D I think if Singapore got flood or anywhere pipe leak we can just gather all the mothers and ask them to bring out their tissue paper to help dry the place wth.
The night design for Pursoft Chocolate Rain series! We put it at the bedroom, got little owls and what not. Quite cute! This is Meredith brushing her teeth after snack. The saliva free-flow one =_=

Having all these little moments with Meredith really mean the world to me.

I am eternally grateful and humbled for all the help given to me. When i look around, there's still food on the table, i am still able-bodied, Meredith is still happy, healthy and she can still go to school, my family is still tight, my friends are still close.
I think that's plenty enough, and i think that's a lot of grace and blessing upon me already =D

And you know what kept me going?

The fact that i am a mother.

It kept me going, stronger and stronger.

This is the greatest gift i wanted and was lucky enough to be given after trying for so many years, and everyday i make a conscious decision to make good of it.

And to pull through motherhood, you just have to be strong and resilient. And whatever you deal with, deal with it with gentleness, kindness and when you can, give comfort to people you love.

I may not have experienced mother-daughter bonding myself but now i can manufacture the source of strength, tenderness and comfort by myself!!! And supply it in utmost quality in unlimited quantities to Meredith!!!! =DDD And soon, her little sister =DDD

And the comforting fact here is, although i might not have vivid memories of my mother caring for me, i get to see her caring for Meredith on the weekends she comes to stayover.. =)

It's the simplest things but it's enough..

Every Saturday night when my parents sleepover, i'd make sure Meredith hug and kiss both of them goodnight before turning in.

It's something i've never ever done with my own mother, but i'm glad at least Meredith could do it with her grandmother.. Making up bits of whatever got lost in transmission during my growing up years.

You know i think tissue paper are very much like mummies. Always needed and necessary but not always appreciated enough. My mum will always push tissue paper / wet tissue / sanitary pads to us for god-knows-why i guess it's the only few things she can give us, maybe?

Since we were teenagers okay. She'd always pass these to us, ask us to carry them, just in case.

I would be so annoyed by it. But as i grow up, i realise it's VERY important hahaha.

Especially now that i'm a mum myself. Tissue paper become one of the must-haves in my bag.

And Pursoft Tissues are made with 100% Virgin Pulp fibers, free from Optical Brightening Agents (OBA) and are Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified! Only the best for our loved ones, yes? =)
Meredith see i take product shots she tell me "I wang take picher" Lol. Okay loh come.
I ask her "Is it soft?" She did this pose for me LOL. She's a pro.

Conclusion? It's important to be tough as much as you're tender.. =)) As a mother, as you're looking for something in tissue paper haha. Really! It's a difficult balance but it can definitely be achieved =)

Happy Mothers' Day to all you awesome mummies out there!!! Check out the video Pursoft did! It's very inspiring and touching okay T.T www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRMLb0jCx54

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