Thursday, May 31, 2018

JUST THE TWO OF US



On the last week of school for this semester, it dawned upon us that baby #2 was already in the last trimester and so we very spontaneously decided to take off somewhere for a short getaway.



It was easy to decide where to go because we had these three main criteria -

1. Beach please


It had to be a beach. Doesn't matter if the water was green, blue or purple. For us, a true getaway is being able to stare at the endless horizon for hours and run around on sand! So that was the first.


2. Boat budget


We were working on a pretty tight budget. I won't tell you how much, but taking a flight alone would burst that budget out of proportion. So we went with boat accessible options instead. Fortunately, we live in Singapore where boat options are aplenty!

3. Brand new preferred


Since we ditched flight options, we decided we would search for a newer resort. Didn't need to be high end, luxurious or any of those things, but we have learnt over the years that hotel wise, newer is nearly always better.

With all the above being said, we narrowed down to three options and quickly decided on Harris Barelang Batam. Brand new, with the biggest room option at a very reasonable price and free shuttle service to and from the resort. We had no desire whatsoever to shop or buy local products this trip. All we really wanted was to get away from crowded, noisy Singapore and get sun burnt to our heart's content.

And so we did.




You may ask, how did we manage to travel without Humblet for three whole days?

On her end, she was super excited and had a whole long list of activities planned with her grandmother and her uncle. On our end, we decided even before having any children that we would make it a point to do at least one meal a week and one getaway a year without our kid(s).

For some of our friends, its a complete no go. You do not ever leave your kids behind. But for us, the motivation was really for each other. Its hard enough to keep a marriage together these days, much less manage one with a kid (going two kids). So we promised that we would always put each other before our kids and these short getaways give us time to remember that commitment.  For all the caregivers of Humblet, we are extremely grateful and can only pray Singlet will be just as easy with other people.

We were really so blessed that the resort was so quiet and that we could have so much pool time all to ourselves. Three days is a short time, but its really all the time we needed to relax and recharge.

Hope you will get some time off this School Holiday period~

Blessed,
Amy





Tuesday, May 1, 2018

HELLO THIRD TRIMESTER!




Is it a girl? Is it a boy? If I were to tell you, we decided to give this child the nickname Singlet does it give you a clue of the gender of our second child? 

Either way, we are in week twenty-six. Slowly making headway into the third and final trimester. With the (still) low-lying placenta, the aim to go back to our exercise routine has been slow. Humblet and I did manage an hour-long walk by the park connector the other day, that was really great. Other than that, Singlet’s kicks have come full on, so much so I can be rudely woken up in the wee hours of the night. As if I am not waking up several times to pee already.

Here is the full Baby Bumps experience if you’d like to read on –

Friday, April 6, 2018

MOTHERING MY FIRSTBORN


Being a firstborn myself, I was well aware prior to becoming a parent, of the perils one faced bringing up this child-king in the home. As the first granddaughter to both sides of the family, I was brought up extremely spoilt, as my own parents would attest to. Birthday celebrations were lavish occasions with huge custom-made cakes and full on catered meals, very rare when I was a child. It gave me much fear that my firstborn would experience the same, since she too would be the first granddaughter to both sides of our families. 



Here is my journey of mothering my firstborn thus far –

Saturday, March 17, 2018

HALFWAY YAY!



BABY BUMPS WEEK TWENTY




Unbelievable as it sounds, we are already halfway through this pregnancy. It is no understatement when others tell me, each pregnancy is different from another. With Humblet, the second trimester was a disciplined time of gaining weight, exercising and preparing the home for her arrival. Little Bashful, who has been hiding his or her gender up till now, has been a rather pleasant pregnancy thus far. Some morning sickness during the first trimester, but that’s all behind us now. Here is the full baby bumps account at week twenty –

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

A NORMAL PREGNANCY



     Now that we are in the fourth month of this second pregnancy, we have been more ready to tell others about it. The fact is, this baby bump is getting harder to hide, and so people have guessed even without us telling them.

The most common question asked - how is this pregnancy different from the first?

Well. To be honest, Humblet was a very challenging and special pregnancy. An insane amount of cramps leading up to an operation in the first trimester caused us no shortage of stress and fear. But this post is really about the second pregnancy, you can read more about the first one here.

In light of the above, I have been telling friends that this pregnancy has been a normal one. Normal in such a way I am very grateful.

Read the full story below -


Saturday, January 20, 2018

BEYOND FACE VALUE



Just this week on the train, a schoolmate tapped me excitedly on the shoulder. In the course of our conversation, we inevitably shared what we are currently doing and that's when she found out I was a mum. Out of the blue, she folded her arms with a frown of concern on her face and said, "Amy, you mustn't give up on your looks just because you are a mum, I really think you ought to wear make-up when you leave the house".

At that moment, I was so stunned I barely managed a smile in response. Here are my thoughts now -


Thursday, December 7, 2017

DESARU: A PHOTO JOURNAL



If you happen to follow me on Instagram, you would know that our little trio went on a very impromptu beach holiday to Desaru this November past. Since it was last minute, we did not have much prepared. But we did bring along our trusty old film camera. If you would like the see the rest of the photos -