What?! 2016 is ending? Time really zooms by when you have kids. Ray and I have been waiting for quite long before we think our two children can play together in harmony. Last month we did some make over and mini reno for our studio and we ended up with lots of cardboard and boxes. We decided it’s time to make a big house for the kids to play in. So together we embarked on Project Xmas House. Julian and Shernice were so thrilled with their Christmas gift from us. They had so much fun role playing and running around and in and out of the house. As we observe their plays we keep reinforcing the house with beams at the places where they knock or look like potential breaking point.
So for this year’s Christmas photoshoot how could we exclude our self made Xmas house! It is the first big toy they could play in harmony. Lots of laughter, much lesser fights. We brought the house out to the garden on Sunday for a quick photoshoot (very tough as they just wanted to play) and then documented their play. It was so much fun seeing them running around , rolling in the wet grass (didn’t know it was wet at first, but whatever), throwing grass at each other and laughing so much! I couldn’t care less about muddy clothes and dirty shoes anymore when i see their elation. Just roll around like Peppa Pigs k. Hahha
We are so blessed to have the two of them.
The sun sets and so does every breastfeeding journey. No matter how long or short lived it was, you have made a miracle come true! We want to take this chance to remind all that there is no need to feel guilty when you end this journey especially for those that faced unforeseen circumstances like supply problem or babies having latching difficulties and health reasons.
As a nursing mum to my 15 months old, I discovered that the bond that I’ve built with my girl is a very different kind compared to the bond I have with my son. For my first born, I was an exclusive pumping mum. He was on mother’s milk till 8 months before moving on to formula. The way she looks into my eyes, the smile of satisfaction are touching moments that I am going to miss most. These are the moments that made the bond extra special. On some days I feel like she is going to wean off soon as the feeding frequency drops and supply also dips. There is a tinge of reluctance but I remind myself to let nature takes its course . If she is ready to move on then let’s move on.
Recently I have read a few accounts of working mums who shared the difficulties they face at their work places with regards to expressing milk. One mum was told to stop expressing milk in the office as it was affecting her work efficiency. She was put under probation for assessment of her performance bonus. Another mum did not have a place to pump at work and asked for permission to pump at her own cubicle discreetly. Instead of encouraging her, she was told to consider to stop expressing milk as it was distracting to other colleagues even though she does it discreetly. Some of you may wonder if it was due to too much time lost at work, let’s see…. On the average each pump session lasts about 20 minutes and it happens 2 times during working hours depending on individuals, there may be 1 session during lunch time but that does not count since it is her own time. I can’t help but to wonder if these superiors are aware that they are actually displaying discrimination? Are they ignorant or are they just being difficult to breastfeeding mums?
Hi Hello ! Followed with a hug. When I first met Celeste, I see her as a cute young girl who is full of energy and cheerfulness. We talked like we have knew each other way before. What meant to be a short meet up lasted for hours as she introduced me and tried to poison me with Tokidokis and Tulas (these are hot items in the motherhood circle btw).
As we talked about motherhood, pregnancy, life in general, I was impressed by this little mother. She is actually a fighter in life. This 22 years old was clear on where she is heading and is determined to do everything right. This side of her is strong and brave.
When mothers say “Time flies”, they seriously mean it! It feels like I have been drunk for a year. Suddenly my daughter is ONE. What happened? Who is this girl? I have a daughter? I can’t believe I’m a mother of 2 for a year now. To mark this special milestone, Ray and I did a “Meet your first cake” session for Shernice. The remnants of pregnancy hormones made the whole session super emotional for me. Eyes blurred. I’m so lucky. Happy birthday, my darling!
Love you forever, Dad & Mum