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.
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.
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!
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.
Toddler area :
I spent the most time hanging around the toddler play area because Isaac loved the little stations here!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hello there and thank you for popping by! Some of you may have already come across punggolbabies during the many blog hops, and would probably know that the super busy Claudia (thelovingmum) & myself are contributors to this blog. Many people are under the impression that Claudia has 3 kids, so I would like to take this opportunity to clarify that Ayra & Zara are Claudia’s 2 lovely girls, Isaac is my toddler, who is Claudia’s nephew. I will be putting up this post here because Claudia has already shared about her life in a week here.
Life of a blogging mum – Honestly, I think this post would be more interesting to read about if i were a SAHM. My weekdays are usually quite boring to read about because I am a FTWM. In a nutshell, every weekday morning I will drop my 1 year old toddler (Isaac) off at my In-laws’ place before heading to work. Thankfully for my hubby and myself, we have a very cooperative little boy who usually wakes up when we are ready to leave the house. Some days he will continue to sleep while I carry him out of the house. Some days he will be up earlier and will have to wait for us to be ready.
We usually pick Isaac up about 7ish in the evening after work. When we get home we will have dinner while he sits with us at the table just to be around us. Some days he will play by himself in the play yard. When we are done with dinner we will join him in the play yard, or watch a movie together. By 9pm, Isaac will go to bed. This cycle continues until weekend. So actually, I have almost no time to write up a post on weekdays. This, is our typical weekday.
On not so typical weekdays, I will be out of Singapore for work purposes. (No, I am not an air stewardess. My height is just not acceptable to the airline company.) While I am away, I will constantly check the (SG) time on my watch in order not to miss the time that I have to FaceTime my family. Usually on the first few days I am away, Isaac will be extremely upset when he sees me over FaceTime. Some days, our FaceTime sessions are kept short because my Husband will need to hang up and pacify an upset Isaac who will be wondering why he can see me but cannot be carried by me. When I started travelling, it was always tough to FaceTime him knowing I would be broken hearted to see him cry whenever he sees me. Gradually I got used to it, so did Isaac. Then it became easier for us both. Whenever I start to feel homesick, I will look at Isaac’s photos and perhaps start to write part of a post. It could be anything from what I have learnt to where we have been to together. Most of which, i do not publish because when I do not complete the post on the same day, I kinda lose the momentum to continue writing on that same post.
Weekends are days I clean the house. I try to take any opportunity to clean the house as much as I can (especially the floor) because Isaac is often on the ground. Once household chores are done, then we decide if we will be heading out.
Here’s a break down my life in a week (11-17 April 2016). *All timings stated are GMT+8.*
11 April 2016
Weekday alarm goes off at 6am. I get up to shower and get ready for work before waking the husband up. Isaac woke up at 6.45am today and is drinking his milk while we wait for his daddy to get ready.
7.35am We alighted Isaac at my in-laws’ place and are on our way to work. It was a super busy day at work and without realizing, it was already 7pm. Left office to pick Isaac up. We bought dinner and got home at 8pm. By 8.45pm, the mister is putting Isaac to bed while I wait till Isaac is asleep before I go into the bedroom. The reason why daddy has to put isaac to sleep is because when i try to tuck him into bed, he just wants to play and it takes a longer time for him to fall asleep. Hence, putting Isaac to sleep is his daddy’s duty. While waiting I will have some time to spare, which I usually spend on surfing the net. Today, I’m researching on playgroups for Isaac. At 9.30pm the husband signaled to me that Isaac has slept and I can finally go to bed.
12 April 2016
Out of bed by 6am today and prepped for work. While waiting for the hubs, spent some time cuddling the little one in bed since I won’t be seeing his for the next few days.
At 8am I’m in the office. Most days i will have my breakfast before starting work because I usually am one of the earliest to arrive. After breakfast, it is time to bury my head into my pile of endless work!
Left the office at 7.30pm and trained down to meet the hub n bub at waterway point. Isaac was playing at the play area when I met them. Had late dinner at Genki sushi at 8.35pm where hubby and Isaac tried out the face swap app.
We walked around for a bit and headed for home. 10pm the hubs is tucking Isaac into bed while I shower and start packing my stuffs for my business trip to Vietnam. Already missing the bubba now. Good thing is, I will be back on Friday evening.
10.20pm I came out of shower to find both daddy and baby have fallen asleep within that 20mins! 11.30pm I am done with packing and am turning on the laptop to get some work done before sleeping. Finally went to bed at 12.40am.
13 April 2016
My day started at 6.45am. Got ready and kissed Isaac goodbye when his daddy brought him over to gramps. Called for a cab and left the house at 8am to avoid arriving late at the airport due to traffic jam. Grabbed a sandwich and hot chocolate from Starbucks at 9am while waiting to board the flight.
2pm and I have arrived in Vietnam. In a cab and heading to the hotel now. Traffic here is crazy, people can transport anything, literally anything on motorbikes. Last time round, i even saw them transporting potted plants on the bike! Hotel is relatively close to the airport. Checked into the hotel at 2.20pm.
Met up with my colleagues and spent the whole day working on our project till 7.45pm and i was beyond hungry! Did not go for dinner till the hubs sent me a photo of Isaac and him dining. We then proceeded to have our dinner at a korean bbq place nearby. Seriously, how do the people here all maintain their slim figures??? Food is cheap and good!
Got back to the hotel 10.45pm and I could barely keep my eyes open. Didn’t even get to FaceTime my baby tonight cos he is fast asleep. I sometimes wonder where did all the energy i had go. I used to be able to stay awake till morning, but now by 11pm, all i want to do is just sleep. Like an old soul.
14 April 2016
Alarm went off at 8.30am. Received a message from the hubs that he fell asleep last night while putting Isaac to bed. He sent me photos of his outing with the baby yesterday. Got out of bed, showered and went to have breakfast at the hotel. It is work again for the day. The weather here is mad hot – 36 degrees today.
I had lunch at a local cafe today at 1.40pm. As we walk along the streets, I cannot help but feel how fortunate Singaporeans are. The buildings here are run down and the cables are just all over the place.
Left work for dinner at 8.10pm. Messaged the hubby to check on him and Isaac. Can’t wait to be home! We had Thai food for dinner tonight but it tasted bad so we went on to have dessert afterwards. Just when I finished dinner the hubby FaceTimed me so I could see Isaac, who was extremely happy to see me. 🙂
9.10pm We took a cab to somewhere nearby and am actually surprised to find some really cool cafes that serve coffee and pastries here. One of them was this Hub Book Coffee place.
This whole cafe is filled with books and magazines that anyone can just from the shelves to read. Unfortunately the photo had to be taken from a distance because we are not supposed to take photos of the place.
Went back to the hotel at 10.30pm in a cockroach infested cab. Showered, did some work and turned in at 12.15am.
15 April 2016
Woke up at 8am to this photo from the hubs telling me that Isaac got impatient this morning because I missed his FaceTime. He not only woke up feeling grouchy, it did not help that his mummy missed his call. Hence, this face.
At 9.10m, it is pho for breakfast this morning because I haven’t had it during my trip here.
Stayed on in the hotel to discuss with my team mates on final details of work before heading out for lunch.
Tried out a Japanese restaurant which was highly recommended by my Vietnam colleagues and I definitely was not disappointed!
Here’s what I had for lunch:
Headed for the airport after lunch and checked in at 2.35pm, only to find out that my flight has been delayed by an hour so I will only be departing at 5.35pm. I sat around and people-watch while updating this post.
The flight back was a good one, no turbulence and even got to see the beautiful sunset. Touched down at 7.15pm and was pleasantly surprised to see the hubs and Isaac waiting for me at the arrival hall. Isaac was all smiles when he saw me and i couldn’t wait to carry him.
Got home took a quick shower and cuddled the little boy to sleep while his daddy went out to meet his friends. Isaac fell asleep at 9.30pm so I decided to make myself a sandwich and start unpacking. Unpacking has got to be the part I dislike most about traveling because there’s always so much laundry to wash! Ok back to unpacking for now. 10.50pm turning in for the night.
16 April 2016
Woke up to isaac’s face right in my face at 8am. He was just lying there staring at me without making any noise at all. Daddy is still sleeping because he came back almost 4am last night. We lazed in bed till about 9am before I showered the boy and brought him to the supermarket just across the house. Came back at 9.45am and Husband watched Isaac while I prepared Isaac’s food for today. He’s having carrot and scallop porridge this weekend. 11.30am Isaac dozed off for a bit so I had some alone time with the hubs eating our brunch. Isaac had porridge his lunch at 1pm and was done by 1.20pm. Watching telly with his daddy now while I wash up in the kitchen. We had intentions to bring Isaac out to ply sand at waterway park with his little friend K, but it was too warm. Shortly after, it started to rain heavily. Ended up at baby hyperstore at 5.30pm to look at strollers. Isaac had fun walking around the shop and trying their bicycle.
After much ‘test driving’ the strollers, we left the store at 7pm with a Quinny Zapp Xtra 2! Traveled all the way down to meet some friends for dinner at timbre+. It was unfortunate that we did not manage to get a seat and there was just too many people so we headed to Marche at VivoCity instead. Isaac had so much fun self entertaining and did not appear to be sleepy even at 10.30pm.
Got home at 11.20pm and Isaac concussed in the car.
17 April 2016
Isaac started crying at 7am and woke his daddy and me up. He was probably hungry because he had fallen asleep last night before finishing his milk. Got up to make him milk and he fell back to sleep when he filled his tummy. The hubby got up to shower Isaac today so I could sleep a little later. I got out of bed at 9.30am to cook for Isaac and cleaned the house before heading out to meet a friend. At 12.30pm Isaac and I are at whisk and paddle to meet my friend and her adorable baby girl R.
After lunch, we walked over to Isaac’s gugu’s (Claudia)house at about 2pm and he was busy destroying the lego buildings that Ayra and Zara had built. Oh, he even got his belated birthday present which the girls were trying to help him unwrap.
Did not stay at his cousin’s place for long because isaac was cranky from his need to sleep. Fell asleep at 3.30pm within 2 mins after I put him on the bed. At 6.30pm Isaac and daddy are both still asleep. Since I’m the first to get up, I have some time to update the blog. I also enrolled Isaac for the full day childcare which I think will most likely only have a slot for him earliest next year. Good thing is, there is no rush for him to go to daycare now because he has his gramps to babysit him. Only thing is that he will have more chances to interact with other kids later. Isaac woke up at 7pm while I was heating up his food. He patiently waited while entertaining himself with his blocks.
At 8.30pm, Isaac has been fed and showered. We are playing with him while waiting for our food delivery to arrive.
Since Isaac had a long nap all the way till 7pm just now, he is only trying to get to sleep at 10.45pm. Most of the time, hubs and I will off the lights and pretend to be asleep so Isaac will go to sleep by himself. At 11pm, all will be quiet. Time for me to sleep too because a new week begins tomorrow.
So this, is my life in a week. Probably not as interesting as many others but definitely just as busy.
This post is part of a link-up with other Singapore Parent Bloggers to share a week in the life of a blogging mum and dad. You can peek into the life of 29 other families over at Week In Life of Blogging Mum and Dad linkup here.
Next up, we have Patrick, daddy to three beautiful kids to share with us about his life in a week.
Last weekend as hubs and I were out at Waterway Point (again) we came across QB House. Everyone would know by now that QB House offers a quick and more cost effective option for adults’ hair cut. But what surprised me was the signage that said QB Kids. I was totally unaware that QB kids existed. Coincidentally, earlier in the day I was just telling the hubs about how Isaac needs a hair trim soon. His hair was uneven and all over the place because the last two people who cut his hair Isaac’s daddy himself, and Isaac’s grandpa.
We checked out the price, it is $16 on weekdays and $22 on weekends. I personally felt that the price is quite reasonable, so we decided let Isaac go for a haircut since we have never done it before. Surprisingly, he was very calm and busy playing with toys throughout the cut. Oh yes, there’s even a kids corner in the shop!
The staff was very friendly and professional during Isaac’s haircut. She kept talking to him and hid her scissors from his view whenever he raised his head to see what’s going on. Found out from her that there is another QB kids at Vivo.
This was Isaac during the hair cut.
In about 10mins, Isaac’s haircut was done! I only took a photo of him the next day because he started to get cranky since it was past bedtime.
Here’s the result of his haircut.
I really like his new hairdo and am definitely going to let the professionals cut his hair in future!
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.
A few months back, the husband and i were having a debate about celebrating Isaac’s 1st birthday. He thinks that a simple affair is enough because Isaac still does not know how to appreciate attending party/parties, even if it is his own. To that, i have no doubts about it at all. However, is the celebration really only for Isaac? It took me a few weeks to ponder over it and finally, i decided that I still want to hold a not-so-small-celebration for the bub’s birthday. Here’s why.
My baby is almost a toddler! On this day a year ago, a precious little man came into our lives. When i look back at his photos, I cannot believe how tiny he once was. Looking at him now, I am actually amazed at how much he has grown. Hence, his first birthday is a milestone that I really want to celebrate.
Prior to making that decision, i sat down and thought about what Isaac likes. He likes to play with people, anybody (even any random people on the train) for that matter, he likes it when he is surrounded by kids, he likes being outdoors. I actually think he will enjoy being at the party!
Apart from Isaac’s birthday, it also marks the 1st year of parenthood for G and myself. Being a parent is no easy feat. We gave up our late nights, sleep-in mornings, weekly mahjong sessions and even the entire space in our living room just for Isaac’s play yard. I started to learn how to cook because home cooked food is always better, and I have never cleaned the house so much in my life before. I personally feel that we have not only grown individually, but also as a couple. This is like a parenting anniversary to us. Doesn’t it call for a celebration?
Anyway, I won the debate. Now I am really excited for the party! Venue booked, cake ordered, decor bought. ONE MORE WEEK TO GO!
Today as I sat down and thought about how Isaac is turning 1 in the blink of an eye, I started to think how he has changed my life after his arrival. In fact, I think I’ve unlocked some of the superhero powers that I’ve always had unknowingly. Yep, I’ve always secretly thought that I’m a ninja or a superhero of some sort. Now I am just further convinced that I was right all along.
1) Superhero: Wolverine Skill set : Enhanced sense of hearing
I remember how hubs and I used to watch the telly or listen to music at dangerously high volumes because we kept saying we are unable to hear the words well. With Isaac in the house, my ability to hear has enhanced greatly. Even while he is in the room and I’m in the kitchen, I can hear him or his movements without him having to cry or scream. In more extreme cases, I can even hear my neighbour’s baby’s cries and be able to identify that it is not coming from my baby.
2) Superhero : Miss Invisible’s Skill set : self explanatory
Whenever the hubby is out, I will have a spectator whenever I use the bathroom. In order not to be out of isaac’s sight, I will sit him down on his high chair while I plant myself on my inspirational throne. Most of the time, I try to pretend I am invisible and that he is not able to see me because it is just so awkward. Hopefully he doesn’t get nightmares from watching me. 🙁
3) Superhero : The Flash Skill set : Probably the fastest superhero there is
Once I put Isaac down for his afternoon nap, I will take my shower as quietly and as quickly as possible. Hair Shampooed or not, lather washed off properly or not, the moment the baby wails, i am all wrapped up in my towel in less than 5 seconds and out to check on him, hoping that he falls back to sleep.
4) Superhero : Deadpool Skill set : Accelerated healing factor
I’ve always had a weak immune system since I was a kid, so I tend to fall sick very easily and recovery time is usually slow. Ever since I had Isaac, not only do I fall sick less often, I also recover in a much shorter time when I fall ill because I am determined to get well to look after him. More importantly, because I do not want to pass on any virus / infections to him.
5) Superhero : Shazam Skill set: Unknown strength limit. Does not need to eat or sleep when in superhero form
This probably related the most to me during the first few months of parenthood. Waking up in the wee hours just to feed / express milk, and getting up to check on Isaac whenever he made the slightest sound. The first month was probably the most tiring since I had to wake up every night to look after Isaac myself. I would wake up multiple times with an hour and a half to sleep in between feeds. There was this one time, I don’t remember sleeping at all and I was way beyond tired that I felt extremely high. Thank goodness Isaac stopped waking up at night for milk when he turned 2 months old.
When hubs returned to work after his paternity leave, I looked after Isaac by myself in the day. When I started out, I did not know his sleeping patterns well and I tried to do the housework while he slept. I thought I would nap once housework was done. Only to realise that once I had my housework done, the baby would wake. My poor management of time led to a sleep and food deprived me. Slowly I learnt how to deal with this by monitoring his routine. In a nutshell, baby’s nap time equals to mummy’s nap time. I simply left the housework to the husband (LOL!), or at least when he is around to look after the baby.
Actually the more I look at Isaac, the more I start to think he may have inherited some of my super genes. Just look at him.
Now where’s my cape?!
At the age of 6 months onward, Isaac will get extremely upset whenever I am out of his visibility. Even if it is for a few minutes (or seconds!), even if I am in the very next room. Initially, I would stop whatever i was doing and pick him up just so that he would stop crying. Or I would place him on his high chair in the same room as I am to watch what I am doing. Gross as it sounds, but this meant even when I needed to shower or had to sit on my inspirational throne. He would continue screaming even when my better half attended to him to the extent that his face is tomato red and filled with tears and mucus. Like this.
This was when I decided to put a stop to it. Here’s what I practise.
1) Keep calm & Inform him what is going to happen
I will sit him down in his cot, and tell him what I am going to do and how long I would take.
Example : “Mummy is going to put your clothes in the wash, will be back in 5 mins.”
Then proceed to walk out of the room calmly, even if he starts to cry.
2) Mean it when I say it
I try to make sure I have all that I need from the room he is in before leaving. Just so I do not have to leave the room twice. Simply because I realised that me leaving the room a second time agitates him a lot more.
It could be his favourite toy or some Gerber puffs. For Isaac, watching the news anchor lady usually works. 😡
When he is inconsolable and screaming at the top of his lungs, I will tell him (from wherever I am) that I am nearby and about to be done. Hearing my voice usually buys me a little more time at what I am doing.
5) Consistency (routine and caregiver)
Fortunately for me, I have my PIL (parents-in-law) to look after Isaac when we go to work. Overtime, he has gotten very attached to them and has also gotten used to the routine of us dropping him off at gramps’ every morning. This makes things a lot easier for us since we do not have to deal with the whole ‘caregiver is not suitable’ kinda drama.
I must admit that having a baby is really life changing. I never knew I actually can have so much patience for someone until Isaac came along. I know that this phase will pass eventually. For now, this is me, 10 months into parenthood. I will just hang on tight and enjoy the ride!