It was the last weekend of the school holiday back in June ….
Errr… or was it?
Mommy couldn’t recall…
Mommy is inclined to think that Mommy could barely catch-up as there are just
too many stuff happenings and has little to do with good ‘ol rusty head :p
Yup, it was the second weekend of June. The initial plan was
to stay a night at the Lost World Resort at Bukit Tambun but we made some last minute adjustment to only
go for a day trip. After all, it’s only a 2 hours-odd drive from Penang. Not a problem at all to drive there but we under
estimated the will it takes us to drive back after a frenzied day.
Our GPS maneuvered us around the highway for quite a bit
before we finally reached our intended destination at tad past noon. The rest of the holiday group; Fyone Yee Yee and Hanxin, Big
Yee Yee, Big Jiu Jiu and Small Yee Yee and Xuan Yi and Xuan Le and Po Po have all
arrived the day before. We joined them promptly, took a fast bite and then off we
went to where the fun was.
By the SwanLake
Feeding the fish
Editted: not Hot Spring but fish catching
Errr… somewhere again
Mommy, Alaina and Daddy left the group early to check into
our room. Samuel stayed back to continue with the fun. And all of us re-convened again much later in the evening.
We left Bukit Tambun
after our early dinner with Alaina felt asleep immediately in the car soon as
we hit the road. She did not nap even a bit during our whole afternoon there :O
It had been a tiring day. Ya, we underestimated the will it
required to drive in such exhausting state… And underestimated how upset Samuel would be when we cut our
holiday short to a day trip. He kept on whining about having “not enough fun”…
We reached home late in the night and were ready to call it
But Alaina had other plan. She stayed wide awake until near to 2am before she
retired to bed.
What a fun tiring day!
As an incentive to agreeing to cut this trip short, we
brought Samuel to the Queensbay Mall Mega Kids indoor playground the next day
to continue with his ….fun
Alaina’s biggest milestone when she hit mid 9 months was
being totally weaned-off the breast. We started our weaning journey at month 8
and of course hit loads of bumps and loads of tears. After persistent trying
and learning, the road ahead smoothened and we had our last direct latch-on breast-feeding
on 27 May 2012. Mommy will certainly miss those bonding session, am sure Alaina
shares the sentiment too. The weaning process was gradual; we did not stop cold
turkey. We started with a feed of formula a day for a few weeks before
increasing it to 2, 3 … when she’s more receptive to bottles. She is doing great on formula milk now; liking it very much.
Another notable milestone is our change of routine. Until
month 9, Alaina had been fully full time under Mommy’s care. Beginning month 9
though, we’ve started to send her to a Nanny when Mommy has taken a new job. Besides weaning Alaina, another major preparation before
Mommy joins back the workforce was to get Alaina accustomed to her nanny. It worries-us-wart initially as Alaina was very clingy to
Mommy and Mommy only specifically at one point. Anyway long story cut short, after much tears (again) all
has been well. Of course she will still cry when we drop her off and stuff but all
things considered, Alaina adapts very well. It helps too that the Nanny is very accommodating and
patient and good with kids.
At month 10, we brought Alaina back to the clinic for her
usual bi-monthly check-up. She weighs 9kgs and 72cm tall. Her development has been great;
She absolutely loves to smile and giggle out loud
She has started to cruise, sometimes in-between furniture.
She likes supported standing a lot and sometimes attempts to
stand unsupported too.
She has acquired the self-feeding skill. She can hold and
eat her rusk all by herself. Giving us the much required breaks when we dine
outside : )
She has started to sleep through the night but not
consistent yet. Sometimes she will still wake up for a feed.
Her pearly whites are sprouting again; 4 on top and 4 on the
bottom have cut-through.
And oh ya, she is on pacifier now. The Nanny managed to introduce
the pacifier to her.
She is absolutely a joy to be with and loves her brother
Since Samuel’s class teacher is moving together with them
from K1 to K2, we have little expectation and
more or less know how the teacher would …. ‘dialogued’ when we had the
Parents-Teachers Dialogue session a few weeks ago.
She still has very little to say and rely on us to ask
questions… if we have any.
Well, this time we took it upon ourselves to walk around the
class room and took time to look through the children’s work. We looked for questions
to ask; even though we kinda expect the answers already, we still asked. Gotta
make full use of the dialogue even for small talks :p
Since the dialogue was quite sometime ago, some thoughts may
have slipped through Mommy’s mind. Still, let see if Mommy can recall the
Samuel is polite and pays attention to class.
He’s getting more talkative. We would think that the teacher
was referring to his classes’ time only and not outside. ‘Cos outside from
school, we couldn’t say he’s the quiet type :p
He has started to fight back ‘bullies’, more vocal and more
physical now (pro and cons on this of course, we just have to find a balance
On academic front, he is good. Nothing to worry but nothing
And he got rewarded for 8 out of 9 subjects under
evaluation. One short due to Mandarin Spelling evaluation. He did not have
perfect score for that.
And before we forget, Samuel also has no problem
participating in all the activities run by the school. The school has many
events in their calendar year; so many that Mommy couldn’t catch-up. It’s good
that the school has started to share out pictures taken during those events via
the on-line social site. Least, we still have some pictorial updates : )
This is the cake that Samuel made for us for Parents Day. We
did not eat it, still well preserved and sitting nicely at the back of our
fridge : )
We brought Samuel for his first actual bowling session a few
weeks ago; actual as in really playing the game except that he did not really
Errr…. Now even we ourselves are confused :p
Samuel had encounters with bowling before; he fiddled with ‘em
bowling balls and he played ‘em stimulated mock games before. But to actually
bowl, that was the first time.
We went to the Sejati Bowl in SP, it’s quite a sassy place
for bowling; big and comfy. Unfortunately though, they don’t have kiddy size
bowling balls. But funny that they have kiddy size bowling shoes.
Hmm… something doesn’t really add-up there.
Anyway, unperturbed, Samuel tried his hands on the 8kgs
Needless to say, the lightest ball was still too much for
him. The fingers holes did not fit and Samuel couldn’t lift ‘em up high.
He’s creative of course and resorted to rolling and pushing
the balls forward. Most end up in the longkang and one stop rolling mid-way
Sad : (
But a few did knock ‘em pins down.
Big Yee Yee accompanied Baby Alaina while Mommy bowled
together with Samuel
Not a Bowling Buddy eh?
Get 0 score same-same :p
Yup, we may not have scored big but we did all have fun!
So, see ‘ya soon….
Well, soon as we are able to lift ‘em 8kgs
balls that is!