ABC cabinet done

August 4, 2013 at 11:06 pm | Posted in Rantings and ravings | Leave a comment

I have been busy the past few days making little girl’s ABC cabinet. I’m too lazy to post pictures here (who’s gonna see?) but I can say that i’m pretty pleased with the result. Tried playing ABC storytelling with little boy on Sat, and he had fun with it for about 20 min before he decided to do something else. Guess that’s a small success. Hopefully little girl will enjoy the ABC cabinet a lot more. Now it’s more for putting names to pictures. Probably later on, I will think about how to add words so that little girl will learn reading too. Apparently some mummies start their babies on flash cards (pics + words) when they are only a few months old. So kiasu! But I guess if I want little girl to be an early and avid book reader, I might have to consider going down that path too. Anyway, now it’s still early. I guess when I test positive for pregnancy, I can start doing more research on baby “education”.

I have also been busy doing research for the upcoming trip to HK with mum and sis. The highlights of the trip for me would be the super highly recommended Tim Ho Wan (IIRC), the cheapest Michelin-rated dim sum restaurant in HK, the Take Out Comedy, the House of Dancing Water at Macau and Sai Kung, which has been called Venice of HK and supposedly have very nice seafood. Yums! My most “dreaded” destination would be the 10 000 Buddhas, which consists of 431 steps up a hill. Oh no… since I haven’t exercised forever, I have no idea how am I going to last the journey without showing obvious physical strain. Hopefully I will outlast Mummy, even though she goes for her morning exercise very regularly (but very non-strenuous kind), otherwise, will definitely get suaned by her. Arghhh…. will just cross my fingers that it’s going to be an enjoyable trip.

8 more days to knowing whether little girl is here yet. :/



DIY Moby Wrap/Hugabub

July 29, 2013 at 11:21 pm | Posted in Rantings and ravings | Leave a comment

Oh my gawd!~

A new project for little boy

July 22, 2013 at 12:27 am | Posted in All about little boy, All about little girl, Rantings and ravings | Leave a comment

After blogging about how I should commemorate little girl’s first year (when she comes that is!), I got down to doing research on baby’s first year commemoration projects, and I stumbled upon a few websites where you could easily compile photos into beautiful professional looking book albums. And I found Blurb! A website that not only does the latter, but also allows you to turn your blog entries into books! I happily discovered that WordPress is one of the sites they link up with, so it was a matter of minutes that I uploaded all entries under “Letters to little boy” and “Conversations with little boy” into a book format using the BookSmart software that I downloaded from Blurb. It was really easy peasy! And it was such a joy to relieve some of the sweet memories from little boy’s younger days, and to select photos to go with the blog entries.

The only thing is, since my blog entries were pretty lengthy, I wondered if little boy would read them compiled into a book. After all, he’s not a very avid book reader like I thought he might be (and after reading those old entries, I also realised that I made inaccurate predictions about him growing up to enjoy dangerous activities, and NOT becoming overweight…sigh!). So today, I asked little boy, if I were to give him a birthday present for his 8th birthday, that is a book I wrote with stories about him as a little boy, would he read it. And his answer was, NO! Awww…. so I guess once I complete the book, I would have to save it up as a present for when he is older. Maybe 16, or 18, or even 21? Hmm… I am actually wondering, will he even appreciate the book at any age at all. Maybe after I die, then he would appreciate the book, since it’s filled with my gushing about my love for him. Or maybe when he becomes a father one day. But then this boy doesn’t seem like a very sentimental fella, so I really can’t be sure if he would treasure the book at all. Oh well….

And it is with these thoughts, that after the sudden burst of enthusiasm for this project, that I am feeling a little less eager to complete the book. It is also partially because the text is mostly complete, and I just need to find the suitable photos to accompany the text. So I would have to wait for Mr Gua Gua to dig out the old photos saved up in some hard disk when we moved over from the old house, before I can move onto that step. But honestly, if I felt more confident about little boy enjoying these tales of his childhood one day, I would definitely feel a stronger urge to complete this project.

I think for little girl, I would keep it simpler. Less gushing about how much I love her, and why I do the things I do (honestly, now it just seems like I was making excuses… hope that little boy would not see it that way!), and more of little anecdotes of her daily antics and adventures. And to keep it easier and less time consuming for me, I would definitely need to file them away in an organised manner. I should definitely view more baby albums and see what kind of content seems the most precious and meaningful. There is this one album where it’s just 2 pages for each month in the first year – one page is a photo with a consistent theme, the other page is a list of highlights of that month. I kinda like it cos of it’s simplicity, and that the child would be able to read it in a few years’ time. On the other hand, it is so sparse in detail that I wonder if it would be meaningful enough to the child as an adult. But there is also the overly busy and neverending photos and words of the baby album on the other extreme, the kind that would take 3 hours to read through in detail. Honestly, that really appeals to me too, but I’m not sure if everyone would be patient enough to look through everything. Like the ABC scrapbook I made for little boy, even that one have a good balance of the caption-heavy pages and those with only simple but beautiful layouts, and already, I have a feeling that some people were just flipping through it for the photos and “feel”.

But of cos, I can’t please everyone, and I guess I should just remember that this is mainly for little girl and myself. As long as we love the end result, that should be good enough. The enjoyment of the rest of the family, relatives, friends and even strangers would be a bonus. Ok ok, I have to admit, I love it when people gush over my work. I was super happy when my mum brought the ABC scrapbook to work and her colleagues were all wow-ing over it. 🙂

Ok so for little girl, just short anecdotes, and maybe little poems about her? And include her favourite foods, toys, activities, etc. Actually I was quite impressed and inspired by this baby book that was actually made to look like an educational baby book that taught the body parts, facial expressions, activities, with the child as the “model”. How creative! And it got lots of views. The appeal in this for me is  that it can actually be used as a practical educational book for the growing child, but I don’t think it would be particularly meaningful to the child as an adult, aside from being a sentimental childhood item. A bit like hair from the child’s first haircut, ultrasound pics, the umbilical cord (ugh!), etc – all those knick knacks that have more sentimental value than real meaning. Heh heh, I like to think that even if my love letters to little boy might be a bit long winded, he would perhaps treasure them as an adult. Well, I wish!

Come to think of it, perhaps I’m doing it for my own sake as well. Reading those old entries really made me feel happy cos of the sweet memories they brought back. Wonder if I should also print a 2nd copy for myself to keep. Hmmm….

<Watching Home Alone 2 right now so the multi-tasking may cause this entry to be a bit fragmented… but who cares since no one else is going to be reading this!>

I feel like I need to brush up my skills on photography. I am too lazy to learn about lighting, and in any case, that can be easily improved through photoshop. But I have to take nice clear, and properly framed photos. Preferably with a camera that have that auto focus, with blurred background function. Ok, next up, photography research!

At least that’s better than doing more baby and conception research. Sigh… we had a blackout tonight, and…err… no it didn’t result in a BD session, but it DID result in a talk about BD plans. Or at least BD related stuff. Sigh… not very promising honestly. But how could I nag or whine too much about it right? It’s not going to help with creating the atmosphere for BDing. But honestly, at this point, I would even settle with just injecting the armies into where they need to be, if that’s going to help little girl to come. Haha… should I tell Mr Gua Gua that or would that just make things even worse? 😛

Anyway, it just feels like things are in limbo now. We are not exactly financially ready for little girl to come at this point either, as Mr Gua Gua is still in the midst of finding a new job and he hates his current one so things aren’t very stable, especially with all the income tax that he needs to pay. As for me, assuming that Monika’s FC-TC goes on as planned, then it won’t be feasible for little girl to come now cos I won’t be able to complete the training.

Perhaps I’m just fretting over nothing. What’s meant to be will come right? Hmm…maybe i’m just really bored now so I feel like having a baby to take care of. I’m sure I’m not the only person to feel this way, but it doesn’t seem like such a good  idea. After all, I remember having the bored moments when little boy was a baby too. But maybe this time I can find some fellow mummies to mingle with. Though I would have to get over my antisocial feeling first. It’s hard for me to feel chatty these days, except with Mr Gua Gua. Hmm…. hopefully the Emotion Code session with Monika on 29/7 would help somewhat for that.

Gosh… XX’s videos and photos of her boy are just the cutest. Reminder to myself: MUST TAKE MORE PHOTOS AND VIDEOS OF LITTLE GIRL IN FUTURE!!!

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