L said she dreamt of Botanic Gardens’ Cool House, Jacob Ballas and also little buns biscuits. So strange cos it’s these little things that she dreams of. They must mean a lot to her for her to dream of them. Hahaha!
In fact, L loves those little buns biscuits that she would get a bunch of keys and the biscuit tin in Por Por’s house and ask Por Por or Kous (my brother) to use the keys as lever to open the tin for her to eat those little buns biscuits. How smart for a toddler!
Recently, L came up with new words on her own. She calls herself “Baga Baby” and us “Mangoon Mama” and “Mangoon Daddy”. I wonder how and where that came about and as her mum, I sure find it very cute. She certainly knows when to use it. For example, when I’m upset with her and disciplining her, she will say, “Okay, Mangoon Mama” or “I love you, Mangoon Mama”. My heart just melts and I want to hug and kiss her straight away but I have to control myself from doing so. Kids have this innate ability to read adults’ body language and respond accordingly. It’s simply amazing!
Here in Singapore, we are fortunate to have domestic help. What comes with it though, is the problem of our kids adopting domestic helpers native accent and lingo. I am trying very hard to correct it for both L and my domestic helper. I think I can do with a little external help. With a some research, I signed L up for Lorna Whiston. It helps that L truly enjoys the class and adores the teacher, so much so that she asks to attend the class everyday (it’s only a weekly class by the way)! The school is also very confident that the kids will demonstrate visible improvement over the course of the year. The teacher/parent communication is also very regular and constructive. Overall, I’m very pleased with what I signed up for and I too, look forward to their class every week.
On the other hand, I went for trial class with Berries for L’s Chinese enrichment and I found that it didn’t live up to its reputation. When I got there, the place was cramp and super noisy, not to mention the chaos caused by admin staff, teachers, kids and parents and it was definitely giving me headache. Nevertheless, I dropped L off for the trial class and I waited outside for her. Although it was only a 1.5 hour class, I couldn’t wait outside for long since the place was not conducive to sit around as it was open-air, hot, stuffy and not cafes at all. There were only benches in the hot sun scattered around.
I decided to drive to my mum’s place (to kill time there) since it’s only 5min away. I picked L up after the class and the local teacher (rather elderly too) gave her feedback on L and updated me on what they did in class. L enjoyed the class as always cos it involved song and dance too. When I checked with other parents what another Chinese centre Chengzhu offered, I found from the materials that the Chinese standard taught at Berries was much lower. With that in mind, I enrolled L in CZ instead. To L, CZ is a familiar environment as her first year of Chinese exposure was spent there. She simply loves her teachers there and I can tell that the feeling is mutual. 🙂
So now, besides English and Chinese enrichment, she does swim class as well as Shichida. She has been attending the latter for a year now and I can’t attribute her development solely to it even though I have been diligent in terms of doing the home practice with her. When I asked the centre on how to chart her progress and asses/analyze the learning outcome, they did not reply to my email despite it being 4 weeks since I sent it. I’m not impressed with this at all. If they are confident of their product and service, it shouldn’t take so long. I’m seriously contemplating withdrawing her after this term.
As a mom, I have to say that I’m super ken chiong (anxious) about most things. I have been worrying about how L will cope with new school life without me by her side during class. Will she trip over other kids’ legs cos she can be quite klutzy and I’m not there to look out for her? Will she be pushed over? Is she assertive enough to fend off biters and bullies? The more I think about it, the more worried I get. To the point that S had to tell me ease off cos L is only going to pre-nursery.
The first week came and gone with out much incident and I’m so glad. L seems to enjoy school a great deal and she even showed us to the door and asked us to wait outside for her till class was over. She seems to be unperturbed by the other crying kids in her class. You can’t imagine how glad we are. I guess the numerous pep talk prior to starting nursery helped a great deal in this case.
I called Dr. C to arrange for a consultation to confirm the pregnancy. Before the visit, many thoughts flooded my mind. I did four classes of high intensity core yoga classes without knowing that I’m pregnant. I ate a lot of nonsense too. Oh no, will these affect the baby? The more I thought about it, the more petrified I became.
The visit was good. Dr. C informed us that the embryo was well-embedded. Next visit will be in Week 7. The wait was once again torturous. I am extremely careful about what to eat, how I sit and walk, how to keep a safe distance from L during play. I’m constantly worried about whether the baby is developing well and if the heartbeat is ok. I’m also mindful of the fact that I need to maintain a positive mindset and stay cheerful. However, the nauseous feeling and fatigue have been plaguing me and I struggle to keep my chin up.
I am grateful for this pregnancy and I absolutely believe that it’s God’s blessing to have this second child.
You see, I admit that I’m a lousy driver. I got my license (although at first attempt) close to 20 years ago. I did not enjoy driving very much and therefore did not drive after passing the driving test. The only push factor for me to start driving again was L. So during my maternity leave, I took refresher class again to regain my confidence in driving. Although I’ve been driving since, it’s mostly to frequently visited places on well-practised routes.
Today, I was supposed to drive to Hyatt for our date night. It’s a place that I have not driven to before although I know the route pretty well. To make me even more nervous, it started raining cats and dogs. I said a quick prayer before I drove and thank god I made it there safely, and parked easily too as there were ample parking lots. Erm yes, my parking skills need some honing too and it’s safer for me to park where there are no cars next to the empty lot so as not to endanger neighbouring cars. 🙂
I brought L downstairs to the exercise area this morning and this boy who’s just a few months older than L ran towards her attempting to give her a kiss. The helper stopped him in the nick of time. Failing his first attempt, he settled with a fly kiss to L and L reciprocated. Kids nowadays really start young. J
What I noticed is that L has affinity towards boys. She’s naturally drawn towards them somehow. If a boy and a girl approach her to play at the same time, she’ll play with the boy, period. She’s also super nice to her grandpa, uncles, male cousins etc. She even calls female cousin gor gor instead of che che. It’s unbelievable how she can differentiate them at such a young age.