Our Toddler’s First Day at School

19th December 2016 marks Isaac’s first day in toddler class. I spent the night worrying about how he’d react if he realise we were not there with him. So I prayed really hard the night before that he will be okay and by God’s grace, it turns out that my worries were in vain.

The night before, his daddy took out the backpack and told me to pack Isaac’s school stuff. It was then that I realised I had no clue what I was suppose to pack. All I knew was diapers. But actually, the basic necessities are stated in the parents’ booklet upon enrolment. Here’s what I ended up packing :

  • 1 milk bottle
  • 3 servings of milk powder 
  • 1 water bottle
  • 5 diapers
  • 2 sets of clean clothes
  • 1 bath towel
  • 1 comb / brush
  • 1 set of fitted sheet (for nap time)
  • 1 comfort pillow / blanket

Although the school recommends brining 1 serving of his milk powder, I decided to pack more instead because I was not sure if he would get used to the food at school. No harm bringing extra anyways.

the day

G (Isaac’s daddy) took 3 days off work so he can keep Isaac company in school while he adapts to the new environment. Prior to school, Isaac was taken care of by his grandparents and he has gotten used to the routine. I was so afraid there would be a lot of tears and meltdowns since I was told to prepare myself for it. This is also one of the reasons why G felt that he would do a better job at dealing with the separation.

Initially when we entered the school, Isaac refused to let one of the staffs check his mouth (daily routine to check if the kids have hfmd). He sat there sulking while we signed in on the register list. But the moment some kids entered through the door, his eyes lit up. When I was about to leave him with his daddy at school, he did not cry at all! He bade me goodbye very naturally.

Though I was at work, I spent the day asking G for photos of Isaac and his progress. I was informed that he was coping so well that the teacher encouraged G to leave the room 1 hour into the class. Although Isaac was left in class without either of us, he was too busy playing to look around for his dad. When he noticed his daddy was standing by the window outside the room, he even pretended he did not see his dad. LOL!

& then came the tears…

at bath time! he was probably uncomfortable with an unfamiliar person showering him that he started to cry. I guess that just need getting used to and he will be fine. In fact, he also threw a little tantrum when it was time to sleep. Pretty common for him when we are home and he wants to play even though he is extremely tired. So that, we are not extremely concerned about.

G went home (we live just above the school) after he saw the teachers trying to get the kids to sleep and only went to pick Isaac up at 5pm. The whole day went by just like that and it seems that Isaac adapted pretty well for a first timer. I am extremely grateful that there was not as much tears as expected and there was no separation anxiety for Isaac. Now that he is aware of how it is like to be in school, we will need to see how he behaves tomorrow when we bring him back to school in the morning. Our fingers are crossed for another good day. 🙂

Today is our little boy's first day at toddler class. His daddy took time off work to spend his first few days with him in class so he could adapt to the environment comfortably. It turns out that he was able to familiarise himself so quickly that the teacher told his dad to leave the class after an hour of companion. Being the worry wart mom that I am, I kept telling G to update me almost every half hour on how Isaac was coping. The funniest of all was when isaac spotted his daddy by the window and he pretended not to recognise him.. must have been thinking "why is my old man embarrassing me?" ? Jokes aside, we are extremely relieved that there was minimal tears (apart from bath & nap time) and the transition from gramps place to toddler class seems to be smooth up to now. Seems like my worries were in vain. Isaac is our brave boy! ? #proudparentsmoment

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For the love of… Tegu Magnetic Blocks!

We left our car at the workshop to be serviced this weekend. Not the best time because I had intended to get started with the Christmas shopping and it would be more convenient if we had the car. With Christmas just round the corner, the trains are packed and after experiencing it yesterday, we decided to stay home today.

One of the activities that we did at home today is playing with Tegu blocks. We purchased it at a fair earlier this year when Isaac had just turned 1 and he did not know what to make of those blocks. All he did was put 2 or 3 blocks together and then take them apart again. Now that he is older (19 months), he tries to make his version of cars or buildings with some help from us.

Here are some of the things he put together this afternoon.

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“Car car” says Isaac
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I must say, we really love these blocks. Not only do they look good, they are just so easy to put together! In my opinion, it is more appropriate for my toddler at this age as compared to Lego (which I am a huge fan of). If you are getting a gift for a toddler below 3, I highly recommend this.

Being the curious cat that I am, I was intrigued to know more about the makers of Tegu. If you haven’t heard of them or seen their website, you really should. It is fantastic! You can check them out here. Ending this post with my favourite line from the good people at Tegu –

We believe that every child possess the unhindered ability to build, create, and imagine. And they aren’t only creating towering block structures and backyard tree forts, they are building their futures.

Inside each Tegu block we pack the
power to dream about that future.


** Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. The opinions expressed here are solely my own.

Day of fun at Alive Museum Singapore

Last weekend, we visited Alive Museum Singapore. Many of you would have already been to or at least heard of Alive Museum Singapore – the largest attraction in Singapore, with an area of more than 10,000 sq ft and has over 80 art pieces!

It was our first visit there and the moment we stepped into the place, the mister immediately said “quick take a photo” while I was rummaging my bag for the camera. I looked up to see him and Isaac already posing for the photo.

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Initially, we felt sort of awkward to pose with people walking around and looking (at the art pieces not us). After a while, we figured that no one really cared since they are all there to do the same thing. So for those who are visiting Alive Museum, just know that there is really no need to be shy. Just have fun and enjoy yourselves!
We took many photos but will only share some of them in order not to spoil any fun for those who have not visited the place. As Isaac was the most dramatic one among the three of us, I decided that his photos actually look the convincing. Hence, you will see most of the photos are of him and his well hidden daddy. His dramatic genes … must be from his father because I can assure you that no one taught this 14 month old toddler how to behave in any of the photos.

Little Merman Isaac
Little Merman Isaac
The Secret Stairway
The Secret Stairway
Someone is up to some mischief with the artists
Someone is up to some mischief with the artists
Checking to see if there is anyone obstructing his path even though his legs cannot reach the pedals
Checking to see if there is anyone obstructing his path even though his legs cannot reach the pedals
Definitely looks like I am not contributing to the kayaking
Definitely looks like I am not contributing to the kayaking
The two loves of my life on a love boat

See, I kid you not when I mentioned how expressive Isaac is. HAH!

Here are some things I learnt from my experience there:
1. For better quality of photos, take the photos using a camera. I prefer using my camera because I can adjust the settings to my desired mode.

2. If you know you will be one of those who will feel awkward about posing in front of many people, try visiting on weekdays if possible to avoid large crowds.

3. Bring enough water to ensure that the kid(s) are hydrated. Even for Isaac who is only slightly over a year old, he was fascinated with the paintings around and was moving around a lot to try to get to them. This is probably one of the things I like about Alive Museum. Instead of the usual “Cannot touch this” or “Don’t touch that”, we can actually touch these art pieces.

4. Make sure you take all the photos you want with a particular painting until you are satisfied before moving on to the next room. Reason is because, the moment you go through the door to the next room, you are not able to go back to the previous one. A lesson we learnt for us because the mister and I went into panic mode when we realised that had we left Isaac’s baby carrier in the previous room. We had to wait for someone to open the door before we can go back and retrieve our carrier.

5. Go with friends so that you can take turns to take photos for each other. Otherwise, bring a tripod stand. As you can see, most of our photos are mainly of Isaac. We had to take turns to carry him while the other takes the photo.

Another thing that I like about the museum is the indication of the photo points on the floor, which tells you where to stand to get the best shots. Angling is important here otherwise the photos will turn out looking strange. Oh, did I forget to mention the free wifi? Yes! There is free wifi at the museum so you can share your photos on your social media instantly!

Alive Museum Singapore has just launched a special 40% discount for a limited time only! You can purchase your discounted tickets online to avoid the ticketing queue. So wait no longer, get your tickets here!
For more information on Alive Museum Singapore, you may check out their official website here.

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Fun at eXplorerkid @ Downtown east

On 23rd April 2016, the Punggol babies  spent the morning together at eXplorerkid @ Downtown East. The minute Zara boarded the car, she kept saying “we are going to the slide! Wheee!” This girl is just too funny! The kiddos’ could not contain their excitement when we arrived. They took out their footwear and put on their socks as quickly as they could. Within a few minutes, they were out of sight while I spent most of the time with toddler Isaac.

The indoor playground was divided into sections, I shall sequence it based on the sequence of what I saw.

Sand Play area :
Playing with sand has always been something I’ve considered bringing Isaac to do when he is slightly older, because I believe that not only is it a great sensory ‘toy’ for him as he learns to manipulate his hands by molding the sand, it also promotes his creativity at low, or no cost. This was Isaac’s first encounter with the kinetic sand. He cringed the moment he touched it.

Evidently, he did not like what he touched
Evidently, he did not like what he touched

As the hubs took Isaac to play elsewhere, I spent some time with Missy Z making shapes and buildings with the sand. Every time I was done building, she’d tell me “I cut the car, I cut the boat!” Then she proceeds to use the spade to poke poke at what I’ve made. Here’s the cheeky girl trying to make her own castle.
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Mega Play :
Although this area is more suitable for the older kids, that did not stop Isaac from having a go at climbing the obstacles. I know most toddlers have learnt to walk by 12 months old, but Isaac has yet to start walking.  One thing i must say though, he is a really good climber. His determination is pretty impressive too!

Mega Play area for kids aged 4 and above
Mega Play area for kids aged 4 and above
Isaac on one of the obstacles

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Ball pit :
What’s an indoor playground without the ball pit? At eXplorerkid, this is no exception. In fact, there are two ball pits. One for the older kids, one at the toddler area.

Isaac looking at the older kids in the bigger ball pit
Isaac looking at the older kids playing in the bigger ball pit

Toddler area :
I spent the most time hanging around the toddler play area because Isaac loved the little stations here!little stations

He spent the most time in the kitchen pretending to cook up a storm. He also pretended to be a vet in the pet shop.

Head Chef at work
Head Chef at work
Anyone looking for Doctor Lin?
Anyone looking for Doctor Lin?

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He also had fun pushing himself along on the ride on toy.

Apart from the ball pit, there is also a mini slide, and a not so mini Ship slide.

mini slide for toddlers
mini slide for toddlers
Ship slide
Ship slide

To be honest, this slide is actually quite steep. Missy A and myself actually got abrasions on our elbows when we came down on this slide. Did not have the same problem with the other slides in this playground.

Adventure highlands :
Personally, I feel that this has got to be the most interesting part of eXplorerkid @ Downtown East to me. It challenges children to complete a rope course in a circuit of suspended bridge which aims to build their confidence and motor skills.

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Adventure Highlands – Kids have to be at least 110cm in height

It was definitely a fun filled morning for the kids and a tiring day for the adults.

For more information on the play rates or birthday party packages, you may check out their website here.

Bye bye babyhood

30th March 2015 was the most amazing day of our lives as we welcomed our little bundle of joy into our world. The series of events that happened prior were totally unexpected and dramatic, hence, we were totally unprepared as isaac decided to make his grand entrance into our world almost a month earlier. It was almost unbelievable that have become parents! In the blink of an eye, one year has come and gone. Our baby is turning into a toddler!

For Isaac’s full month celebration, we hosted it at home. Not only did we have to clean up the house after everyone has left, our guests were also feeling extremely warm during the party with so many people in the house. It was probably a bad experience for our guests and I felt terrible about it. Hence, I told myself and G never to host such celebrations at home again.

With the help of many lovely (and well loved by us) people, we hosted Isaac’s birthday at Makan@Jen at Hotel Jen Orchard Gateway. The whole looking for a venue process was a headache for me because there were certain criteria that matter a lot to me. They were:

1. An easily accessible venue for guests who do not drive

2. Allows us to decorate the place

3. Have an open area where kids can play

4. Good food

Luckily for us, while we were have lunch at makan@jen one weekend, C suggested, “Can do it here la!”. Looking around, I realised it does fulfil every criteria i had and I started to imagine how I wanted the party to be here! That is how we came to a decision on the venue. Most importantly, we don’t have to clean up after the guests leave. LOL! The selection of venue and the party planning took place a few months before Isaac’s birthday because I did not want a last minute job.

One of the important parts of the party was the cake! We managed to get Susanne to bake us a robot themed cake. We were extremely lucky to be able to get her to bake for us because when I initially approached her, she mentioned that she already had someone to bake for on that day. Thankfully, she managed to accommodate to us in the end.

The day of the party came (26 March 2016) and it was nothing short of wonderful. Isaac had a very good time just watching the other kids play because he has not mastered the art of walking yet. He was especially happy when everyone started to sing the birthday song and he was clapping frantically. If you had read one of my posts on the significance of my baby’s birthday, you will know that my hubby was not all for the party in the beginning. But I had insisted on doing this for Isaac because it was important to me to celebrate this milestone in our lives. Just at that moment, when i saw how happy Isaac was, I knew I had made the right decision. He was practically clapping and slapping the table top in excitement and happiness! Happy baby = happy parents. It was an absolutely fantastic day for us all!

People i would like to thank :
First and foremost, C. A very big thank you for everything you have done. From the sourcing of venues, engaging the baker, getting the party stuffs for the goody bags, designing the milestone chart and all the help with the balloons even though we both are super scared of balloons (oh this balloon part goes out to Yus as well). This party wouldn’t have been as great without your help at all!

My lovely and supportive in laws who looked after the kiddos while we prepped for the party. Not forgetting how they are also Isaac’s primary caregiver while we go to work. I can put my heart at ease when I go to work because I know they will take very good care of him. I am extremely fortunate to have such a loving family who loves us dearly.

All relatives and close friends who turned up. I know some had to make changes in their busy schedules to attend our event.

Susanne, our baker for being so wonderful to work with. The cake turned out better than I had imagined it to be and it was delicious! Check out her works at : http://lovingcreations4u.blogspot.sg

Soon Koon, for popping by to take many wonderful photos for us. Heard from C that his camera is Super ex, that is why quality of photos also Super different from ours. LOL!

Last but no least, the hubby. For being extremely involved in our parenting journey. We have come a long way with many ups and downs but today we have a beautiful baby boy. He is one more reason why we should be stronger than ever in whatever we do. 🙂

On the day of the party, C asked me if I had anything to say to Isaac because she was trying to do a video montage. To which, I said a very simple “Happy Birthday Son”. Not because I had nothing to say. But because I know I would probably tear if I started my grandmother story speech. So, I have a letter for Isaac only. Kept away in his box of memories which I will go through with him when he is of age.

Grow up healthy and happy my baby Isaac! You are loved by many many people and thank you for being our sunshine after the rain. Mummy and daddy love you very much.

 

isaac enjoying his birthday song with mummy & daddy

 

When The Baby Boy Turns One

Today our littlest one at Punggol Babies officially turns ONE!! Happy birthday Isaac. Welcome to toddlerhood! Here’s a clip for you to revisit the day we celebrated your birthday at Hotel Jen Orchardgateway.

The Celebration

It was a cosy and happy celebration last weekend with family and friends at Makan@Jen, Hotel Jen Orchardgateway; where we held Isaac’s 1st party. All the time, energy and planning was well rewarded when the birthday boy gave his biggest and brightest smile at his very first cake-cutting session.

Planning The Party

Party planning is quite a tiresome task, from the time we decide to plan one celebration to the sourcing of suitable locations, guest list, decoration, the cake and a lot of other little things in between. It all started about six months back and I think we managed to pull through it pretty well. Well done Team (mums, dads and grandparents) Punggol Babies! 😛

The Location

For all events, once the location is locked down, everything else will fall into place. We contacted and shortlisted at least 3 locations and we made our choices based on a few criteria – accessibility, good lighting (for photos), good food and of cos costs. After weighing the various options, Makan@Jen was picked. Because it met all of our requirements and fits the budget.

We were lucky the outdoor open air Makan@Jen Terrace was not occupied that day, and the weather was windy and great. Our guests (especially the little ones) were running around at the terrace and we could watch them from inside too. Who needs planned activities when you got a huge space to do whatever you want!

As it was also the Easter weekend, we had a cute and fun dessert bar to fill our guests with sweets treats and awesome grill and seafood from Makan@Jen kitchen.

The Cake

This is Isaac’s very first birthday cake and extra care had been put into the selection. After trying out the awesome chiffon cake at a friend’s party, it was a no-brainer to go with the same baker who baked it. Placing our order as early as 4 months prior the celebration, we almost didn’t make it to the list as Susanne only takes in limited number of orders per week. Thanks to another customer who so kindly changed her order date, Susanne was able to take on our robot cake request.

When everyone crowded around it as the cake was revealed, they took out their camera and started snapping. Of cos this made the party planners very pleased. Chiffon cake was light and fluffy, the right touch to end off the afternoon after a filling buffet spread at Makan@Jen. You can take a look at Susanne’s creations on her Instagram or website.

The Decoration

It was a finger (and cuticle) tearing and painful process. We had all underestimated the stressed on our fingers for knotting 60 latex balloons!!! We managed to get the place done up as best as we could, after losing precious foil alphabets balloons which stopped us from using any since words couldn’t be formed.

Tips: Instead of using ballon weights to hold down your balloons at party, try using little treat bags instead. It not just helped hold down the balloons, but it helped us have the balloons cleared out too as guests willingly brought home some treats.

Since it was Easter, we prepared some eggs and wanted to hide them around the Terrace for the little ones to find. Alas time was moving faster than we planned, so we mixed them up with the basket of red eggs prepared by Makan@Jen for our guests to help themselves with.

Extending The Celebration – A Family Staycation!

Our party and celebration continues through the weekend as we checked into our hotel rooms at Hotel Jen OrchardGateway. We’ve stayed at this hotel a couple of times and the kids really enjoyed our staycation, so this time round we booked three rooms to accommodate our families.

The rooms booked came with access to Hotel Jen’s Club Lounge on Level 19, Grandpa was most delighted with unlimited supply of beer during cocktail from 5.30pm to 7.30pm. And all of us took this time to just chill and reminisce that afternoon’s celebration. Oh and the Club Lounge makes pretty good spot for photo taking too!

We’ve originally booked a deluxe room for my family as we needed an extra bed for the four of us. Lucky us got bumped up to their Panorama Club room as we requested to have our rooms on the same level as the gramps. This time round, the room wasn’t as huge as our previous family staycation with Hotel Jen, but still we appreciated the space. We even had a gathering that evening in our room to catch the laser show from opposite our room. Isaac was most excited to see those green lights beaming in the night sky.

And of cos we cannot missed out the fun time by the pool at Baywatch@Jen on level 19. This was the one thing that the kids were all looking forward to! Just look at their happy faces!

Can check out my review of the hotel here and here.

This is probably the one party for our family in a long long time. I love party planning, but pulling this off was quite an experience. Even more stressful then those events I plan for work! Good thing we have all agreed that the Punggol Babies will only have one big celebration when they are young. The next one will probably be when they reach 21 ba.

Thanks to everyone who came and made this day so special and fun for our little baby boy. Hope you’ve had an awesome time too!

I shall keep the sentimental post for Mummy Pris, it was a celebration for her too! Over to you now. 🙂

Happy 1st Birthday Isaac!