The idea of Fair vs Equal

It’s the end of a term soon and we got to decide on the enrichment for the Little Angs in their preschool. As usual, we had our usual discussion but this time, there’s more to discuss with the boys as the school is starting a violin class as well.

Personally, I wasn’t keen to sign them up for the violin class. Back in my mind, I was thinking about the piano that we bought specially for Ian when he said he wanted to learn piano..but due to the lack of daily practice and sustained interest, we stopped the piano class (for the time being..Ian said he will want to learn piano when he’s older..shall see how things go!) Hence I do have my reservations when it comes to music class as we got to purchase the musical equipment for home practice! Nevertheless, I signed them up for the free trial that’s held in their preschool during curriculum time, so they attended the class together with their classmates. No harm, I thought!

It’s actually quite interesting to observe how different my boys are in terms of their interest and character. There were 2 trials on that day, one for phonics and reading and the other for violin. The boys went for both. During the violin lesson, Ian was a quiet participant while Evan volunteered himself to go forth and learn how to use a violin. During phonics and reading, Ian was very responsive and participates actively while Evan became a quiet participant, occasionally fidgeting around. It’s pretty obvious that the boys have different passion and interest, as well as a different preference for learning. And it brings me back to this picture that I encountered in one of the workshops which I have attended in the capacity of a teacher..

fair isn't equal

This is a picture of things being equal (on the left..where everyone was given a crate to stand on) and things being fair (on the right..where which individual was given what was needed in order to reach the same height). And this picture definitely teaches me about what my parenting should be..

I used to have a mindset that whatever enrichment classes that Ian attends, Evan will have to attend too and vice versa..else it won’t be fair. Little did I realize that I’m just being equal, and not exactly fair. Does Ian likes what Evan likes or does Evan likes what Ian likes? I don’t think so.

Of course, they do have some common interests and likes..there are also some classes which I think is necessary for both..but when it comes to interest-related classes, it’s really about fairness rather than being equal. In this case, to be fair is to provide what the kids want in order to achieve the same sense of fulfillment and achievement (and things must be well within what we can afford!)

Fair vs. Equal Poster

Being fair means that I will do my best to give my boys what they need/want to attain the same level of fulfillment and success..and the sense of fulfillment and success comes when they have an interest and liking for the things that they are doing.

So this morning, when Evan asked if he could go for the violin lesson because he likes it very much, I said “Yes, I will sign you up but we need 8 students to start the class” and the little boy was very pleased.

Ian heard and he asked if I will sign him up for violin too (not because he likes violin, but more of checking if I have signed him up for something that he doesn’t like). My answer to him was “Nope, Mummy didn’t sign you up because you said you prefer science classes to violin right?”. He nodded happily and exclaimed “Yeah!”. LOL

So in the end, the boys will each have two enrichment classes in school but they aren’t the same set of classes. But well, if there’s not enough students to sign up for the violin class, then Evan probably can’t learn violin too..and that will be another kind of issue to resolve..(because the kids have pretty good memory of what you have said and promised!)


The Beauty of A Child’s Innocence

Wasn’t in the best of mood for the past few days as my aunty has been hospitalised and had to go through a surgery for her wrist and hip fractures. I’m really thankful that the surgery went well and my aunty is on her road to recovery. Thank God for the smooth surgery!

The boys were around when the ambulance came. They were curious about the rescue team and how they provided first aid to my aunty before sending her to the hospital. What I didn’t expect next was their reactions to the whole incident..

Evan told my mum and to us (later that night when he picked me up from the hospital) that he felt sad. When asked why, he said because he likes Yi Po (my aunty) and cried a little. Guess that’s what I like about the innocence of a child..they are honest and sincere with their feelings..they don’t hide their feelings and express it the way it is. Simple and straightforward.

Ian was very concerned too..he kept asking about my aunty’s condition, where is she, what happened to her etc..

The kids know what’s going on as much as we do..they can sense the severity of the incident too..and they are definitely keen to know what’s going on among the adults. Because the little ones, small as they might be, they care and they want to be involved too. Guess we can never assume that children are too young to understand certain things!

To explain the condition of my aunty, I got Ian to bring out one of his favourite human body book and we talked about the types of fractures using the book. I figured that’s probably the best way to explain to the boys about my aunt’s condition and talked about the treatments for fractures.

Nevertheless, my aunty is really heartened to know that the boys care so much about her..I guess Little Angs have filled up my aunty’s bucket!

Yes they did!

Guess it’s time for us to revisit this book soon..Meanwhile, mummy is just so glad to see the both of you caring about Yi Po!

Ian is officially 5!

Yesterday was Ian’s birthday..he’s officially 5!! We started the day with us wishing him “Happy Birthday” and him, thanking me for giving birth to him (Lol..of course, I took the chance to share with him a little about his birth story). I guess it’s good to let the kids know that birthday is not just about themselves. That’s my personal takeπŸ˜‰.

We had a little celebration in school and a simple dinner at the boys’ favourite birthday to go venue – Swensens. For the free birthday firehouse!!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Ian was very excited about his party on school..but when we got there..he wasn’t too happy to start the party (Evan too)..partly because they just woke up from nap in school..and partly because the seemingly outgoing boys are actually introverts. They don’t like to be in the the birthday boy and the little brother only smiled when the birthday song was over..and when they moved out of the birthday “throne”.

The birthday boy requested for Madagascar theme and books (because Ian loves books!) for his friends as a thank you here’s to his request! Thanks to BookFest in December..I managed to get the books from Popular online at 20% and free delivery 🀣🀣)

Happy birthday, Ian!

Here’s the happy boy after polishing the whole plate of pasta! He must be really hungry!! Lol

Here’s Evan and I..with his new game – hugging me and saying “I love you, mummy” after every mouth of food πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. Papa Thiam commented that I don’t look quite ok in the picture..haha cramps and braxton hicks were pretty intense and frequent yesterday (hopefully it will be better today!)..but it’s been a really long time since we ate out together and it’s Ian’s birthday..of course, we have to make a trip to Swensens right!

And here’s the boys enjoying their dessert! πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹

Here’s an open letter to Ian..

Happy birthday, Ian! You are now half a decade old!! Though there are many times that things didn’t really work out well for us (when you insisted on doing something while I’m rushing for time etc)..but thank you for being the ever caring and supportive boy..always asking me if the gynae said I could take the particular food before you share the food with me, helping with Evan when I’m busy, affirming my cooking (when sometimes the food is not exactly fantasticπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚) and many more. Thank you for having a big heart and forgiving mummy when mummy wasn’t in the best of well as to Evan who can be quite demanding these days. Thank you for showing him how a big brother is like and loving him despite his occasional tantrums to you. Thank you for remembering to thank us (without any prompting) for the things that we do for you. Mummy is really glad to hear these little “thank you daddy/mummy for ……” lines from you! Always be thankful for the things in life! πŸ™‚

Mummy wants to let you know that nobody is perfect and no one excels in every single thing in life. It’s okay to be lousy at certain things and it’s ok to fail/fall..What’s more important is to pick ourselves up when we are faced with difficulties. Don’t tell yourself that you can’t do it..instead give it a try..we will eventually get better with every bit that we tried. Remember to never never give up! Just like the slide that seems scary to’s ok..we don’t have to go for the challenging ones..start slow..we can go for the short ones as a long as we give it a try. Afraid of going underwater? It’s okay! We will just try to push ourselves a little every lesson..eventually we will get to our goal. There’s no hurry. So never give up easily..just keep trying! πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺ Happy 5th birthday, Ian!!! 😚😚

Evan learns ABC

You might be thinking..”Huh..Evan learns ABC??”..Yeah! That’s our little brother..haha he wasn’t quite interested in ABC flashcards..and ABC craft work (we got Ian and him to paste small little colourful circle stickers to outline the alphabets in the worksheets printed from doesn’t work well for him. Ian and I also tried having a “Magic box” where we put all items related to the alphabet that we were learning into that box, and we picked it up one by one..repeating the phonetic sound and showing him the alphabet. Didn’t work too. 🀣🀣 So what’s next? Back in my mind, I was thinking..perhaps he’s just not interested at the moment so he didn’t make an effort to remember the alphabets..eventually he will! Haha until I was shopping at Robinsons months ago, and chanced upon this..

It’s original price was $39.90..but it was on sale..selling at $19.90. I thought it’s worth a try..and it works!! Evan loves it! Not only did he start to give attention to the alphabets (finally!!!), he started writing too. Evan would ask “Is it nice?” after each letter that he wrote and happily continued after getting affirmation from us. He would just sit down and write from A to Z, repeating the alphabet and phonetic sound at the same time..I was so happy! It’s not just useful for’s helpful to Ian too where he discovers on his own about the difference between “b” and “d” as well as “p” and “q”, as it’s a pretty common mistake that he (and myself, when I’m young) makes.

Unfortunately, I do not know what happened to the toy. It wasn’t working anymore on one fine day. Evan was a little upset as he’s pretty attached to the Leapfrog scribble and write toy, so I decided to get a new one. I checked out carousell, but it’s still quite ex for a new one..the used ones aren’t in good condition either..

Eventually, I found Shoppee with it’s 10 bucks welcome voucher!! Haha so I placed an order for another Leapfrog writing toy (Mr Pencil)..It’s original price was $59.90 but after using the shoppee voucher, I got a brand new one at $29.90..hurray!!

Haha to be frank, Evan wasn’t too keen on Mr Pencil initially..because there’s no bright red LED lightings that follows the outline of the was a little harder to trace the outline of the alphabets too..Mr Pencil requires more precision when it comes to the writing of alphabets. Ian was the one who was exploring the toy because there’s options like spelling and free draw too..Interestingly, one could also touch the object that follows after the letter and there will be simple animated movement and sounds from the object related to the alphabet..pretty interactive, I must say! Without saying, Evan got enticed by the funny sounds and actions of the objects after each alphabet was he started using Mr Pencil too.

Mr Pencil is now his best friend every night before bedtime. He will just take it and sit down to do some writing, repeating the phonetic sounds and identifying the alphabets before he sleeps. These days, he will also provide additional examples of objects starting with the alphabets and explore the spelling option too, where he selects Level 1 Challenge and gives a try at phonetic recognition. (There are 3 levels of challenge..the first being phonetic recognition of the alphabet..the last being to spell certain short words)

Both Ian and Evan learns differently for every child is unique. I’m just so glad that I have found something that is able to help Evan with alphabets..else this mummy here is so stressed during PTMs when the teacher kept telling me that Evan has difficulty learning alphabets..and my methods for Ian doesn’t work on Evan πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

An Early Birthday Celebration for Ian :)

As Ian will be turning 5 this Thursday, we decided to have a little party at our place to celebrate his birthday yesterday with our family members. Thankful that Ian got much better and was ready for the party, after a bout of vomitting and diarrhoea on the second day of CNY.

The big brother was so excited about his party that he had difficulty falling asleep the night before. Haha he got up at 1 am to tell me that he felt there’s not enough chairs for our family members when they come over for the party. Ok noted. And 1.30 am to tell me about his plans for the party. Ok noted too. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ So that’s how excited the boy was..because his usual bedtime was 9 plus at night! Not 1 am or 1.30 am!!🀣🀣

So here’s the excited birthday boy with his favourite ducky birthday theme. Haha don’t ask me why Evan looked so grouchy! According to him, he said that he didn’t smile because he’s scare of having soooooo many people (about 9 adults and 5 kids, including us???) in our house. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Feeling amused by this funny boy..because he sees the same family members every weekend! πŸ€”πŸ€”

And here’s the birthday boy with his favourite ducky agar cake from Agar Agar Jelly Cakes Wonderland. Coincidently, there’s 5 little ducklings for our 5 year old..and for the 5 little children in our family. Because Ian is not a fan of cake (not even chocolate cakes!! πŸ€”πŸ€”), so I thought Agar cake might be a good option so that he could have a little of his own birthday cake.

Well, Ian wanted a ducky theme this time round and there’s no beautiful ready made scene setters available for the Mummy modified Evan’s 1st birthday design and got some images from Etsy to make this ducky banner. One thing that I like is the fact that printing of such a big banner (1.5 m by 1.5 m) is only 25 bucks!!

Here is Evan’s first birthday banner..which Ian has been commenting how nice it is for the past years (because we printed a scrap page size and pasted it on one of the room’s the boys see it everyday). So dear Ian, you finally have one now! A ducky one which Mummy knows you love it! Because you can’t stop thanking me! 😚😚


To our little big brother, Ian:

Mummy just want to let you know that I set equal budget for Evan’s and your birthday parties! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰

In case you forget, you had a first birthday celebration too!! At Yi Po’s House! Check out your Snoopy Theme first birthday and your Charlie brown tee!

That’s you on your first birthday!

For Evan’s party, Mummy lowered the budget for the cake and decoration (now that Mummy is slightly more experienced with party planningπŸ˜…πŸ˜…) to secure an indoor venue. So well, both of you are equal in mummy’s heart! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰

And to little brother, Evan:

Here’s your first birthday party at Kidz Amaze Toa Payoh…In case you forget too!


Oh so Chubby!!!! πŸ€—πŸ€—

Check out the sleepy sailor who fell asleep in the midst of birthday song! 🀣🀣

To my dearest boys,

Mummy loves the both of you equally and I hope the two of you will enjoy every little party that Mummy has planned!!πŸ˜™πŸ˜™

Last but not least, we are thankful and blessed to have our family members with us for the kids’ birthday celebrations. They are indeed blessed to be loved by all of you! Thank you!! 😊😊😊

CNY activity with Little Genie Box

Hurray! Chinese New Year is around the corner and it’s time for me to take out one of the subscription boxes from Little Genie Box (for the theme on “Chinese New Year”).

Here’s how each box looks like!

And here’s what you will see when you open it up…a surprise for the little Angs! Haha

There will usually be a story book based on the theme and an activity guide book for parents, so that we know what to do with the materials provided. A little like a lesson plan for which we can use to teach our kids.

So here’s the little Angs embarking on their first activity – Lou Hei! Haha just that it’s not Lou Hei with real veggies, but ready strips of coloured paper and a pair of chopsticks. But the boys prefer to use their personal chopsticks for Lou Hei..perhaps for a sense of personal ownershipπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚..So there we went, reciting the words on the red banner as we do the Lou Hei..Though the boys kind of struggled with the use of chopsticks, but I would say that they enjoyed the activity very much (probably because it also resonates with what they just did for the Lou Hei during our reunion dinner).

Next, we talked about the eating of dumplings and wearing of new clothes for Chinese New Year. At this point, Ian went ahead to place the pompoms and the magnetic clothes (which he thought it looks great and there’s no need for him to design/colour the clothesπŸ˜†πŸ˜†) on the activity book provided.

After that, we moved on to word recognition of the 12 Chinese Zodiac and we talked about the Zodiac of each family member. Surprisingly, Evan remembers that he’s born in the year of horse..the funniest part came when Ian was asked about Daddy’s Chinese Zodiac..

Did you manage to catch what Ian said when I said Daddy is born in the year of the pig?? πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Ian said “No wonder he’s so fat and likes to sleep”πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ hahaha (Ok that’s not quite true because Papa Thiam is very slim and tall..the total opposite of meπŸ˜…πŸ˜…)

By the way, we see Ian working on the matching of chinese words to the pictures..and you might wonder where’s Evan..haha well, he’s still intrigued by the paper Lou he had a pretty long session of solo Lou Hei while we moved on to the rest of the activities. 🀣🀣

Was thinking that it was a little late (as the boys were due for their bedtime) and I wanted to continue with the rest of the activities (like writing, lantern making, dumpling making using plasticine etc) on other days..But Ian said it’s fun and he wanted to do we started writing on the laminated sheets of words (he used a whiteboard marker to write on it and cleaned it away with a whiteboard duster). A copy without lamination was provided too..but Ian prefers to write with whiteboard marker.

Finally, we ended off by reading a heartwarming story on a new year reunion where we got to understand more about the traditions for Chinese New Year and the struggles of a Dad in order to make ends meet.

I would think that this whole set of activities have saved lots of my time in terms of the preparation work. And most importantly, the boys enjoy it!

Here’s to our other favourite box on colours!

This painting was done by Ian last year when he was N2. Now that he’s in K1, I guess I can take the materials out again for him to work on the activities planned for this theme!

The painting (which Ian is proud of) is permanently pasted on the boys’ kitchen set to teach them the chinese words for the various colours.

What’s best was the fact that painting was done without mess! Small tubes of paint and cotton buds were provided for it’s literally mess-free✌✌

Here’s the discount if you are interested!

Little Genie Box will offer the trial boxes (for all programs) at a special promotional price of $45 (available through this link:

These trial boxes are usually only available at their road shows at $49.

In addition, you are also entitled to a 10% discount on all the 6-month programs if you use the disount code <littleangs> when you place your order at πŸ€—πŸ€— Promotion is till the end of April 2018.

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I subscribed to a 6 months Little Genie Box last year and thought the kits were really cool! Hence I’m here just to share. All opinions are my own. πŸ˜„πŸ˜„

Have fun and Happy Chinese New Year to all!!πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰ Oh! And Happy Valentine’s Day!!! ❀❀

Little Helpers in the Kitchen

Was browsing through my photos and saw this..🀣🀣 Oh so chubby! Lol

These are my boys two years ago..Ian was 3 while Evan was 1 back then. These were actually photos of our pineapple tart making session. Our very first baking session with these 2 youngsters..πŸ˜„πŸ˜„

It’s really great to have kids helping out at the’s not just the fun factor, but also a good way to bond. Not only that, they get to make use of their fine motor skills to get dough out and mould the dough into the shape that they desire..they learn how raw ingredients can combine together to form food that are delicious..they learn action words like sieving, flattening, rolling etc. Haha most importantly, I thought it’s a good way to learn to be patient especially when they need to wait for the food to be ready. Last but not least, they will learn to appreciate our (and their) effort in food preparation.πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺ

I used to hang around when my mum prepares pineapple tarts for the new year, and she will always make a very big one just for me (because I’m a pineapple tart loverπŸ˜†πŸ˜†). Memories like this are really precious. I’m sure the kids will never forget about their experience with us in the kitchen!

If given the time and the chance, I will definitely plan a baking session with them this coming CNY! Haha next year perhaps!

Since CNY is around the corner, keep a blind eye on the messπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ and do some easy baking with your little ones if you have the time! Here’s my favourite pineapple tart recipe:


Butter – 250g

Egg – 1

Plain Flour – 360g

Milk powder – 4 Tbsp

Corn flour – 1 Tbsp

Icing sugar – 2 Tbsp

Vanilla essence – 1 Tsp

Pineapple paste (from Redman or Phoon Huat) – 1 pkt


1) Mix the butter and icing sugar together

2) Add vanilla essence into the mixture

3) Once the mixture reaches a creamy consistency, add the egg into the mixture from step 2 and continue to mix them evenly

4) Finally, add all other ingredients together with the flour

5) Once the dough is ready, you can mould it into any shape that you want (with the pineapple fillings in it)

Since this year is the year of dog, you could make a round shape pineapple tart with koko krunch for the ears on both sides, chocolate rice for the eyes and chocolate chip for the mouth. This will make the pineapple tarts especially pleasing to the kids! Yummy!! πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹

Reflections of a 5 year old Mummy

It’s been almost 5 years since I gave birth to Ian. So I’m a 5 year old mummy to be! These 5 years is definitely filled with ups and well as many trials and errors. So what have I gained from this enriching journey as a mum?

1) Stepping out of my comfort zone

If you ask me about cleaning poos and vomit 15 years ago, I would probably be the first to run.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ But when you are tasked to do certain job as a mum, you would not think twice and dive into it. So if you were to ask me now (15 years later), clear poo? No problem! Clear pee? No problem! Clear vomit? No problem! What’s new afterall? 🀣🀣

The next was to bring me back to driving again. For those who know me well, I’m an absolute scaredy cat. I will have 101 reasons NOT to drive. I would very much prefer taking the public transport if given a choice. But ever since Evan is born and the need to bring him to so many visits at the PD or assessments (as well as to send Ian to school, with Evan in tow), I decided to drive again in the interest of time and convenience. BUT I only drive to places and carparks that I’m familar with..Lol.

Well, 2 years ago, I was pretty apprehensive when I first started out..especially with 2 kids at the back of the car (with the younger one occasionally crying while I’m on the wheels). Guess I was blinder than the blindspot back then and my side mirror hit a pillar while I was parking. πŸ˜…πŸ˜…The outer case of the side mirror fell out and there was a loud thud sound. The boys heard it and since then, Ian started reminding me not to crash everytime before I drive (Evan probably doesn’t know what had happened as he was already crying at the back of the car for some other reason)..haha thankful that it’s been almost 2 years since the last incident..and Ian no longer remind me about crashing..πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I’m a safe driver!! But I must say that the boys are very cooperative when I’m driving..Thank you, boys!

2) Learning how to cook

I’m not a fantastic cook and I’m a total noob when it comes to cooking. Yet, cooking is something really important (I would think that it’s a life skill!) especially when the little guys need to be well fed with a variety of food (it’s no longer just porridge or purees). And that’s how I started learning how to cook..but I guess Facebook groups like Singapore Home Cooks or Homemade kids meal and Youtube videos help alot! My mother-in-law and my mother are great advisers when I have questions about cooking . I’m really thankful to have all the support from them! Hopefully, with more practices (and failures too🀣🀣), I will be as skillful as them in time to come!! πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺ

3) Not taking things for granted

Ian has been asking interesting questions like “Why are our voices different”, “Why do we need lips”, “What is the purpose of belly button”, “How does the traffic light works”, “Why is it that our lips will turn purple when we are cold”, “Why do we need to breathe”..all these little questions made me realized that I have been taking things as it is, without giving much thought to the extent that I got to think hard for some questions (or even consult google) before answering him. Time to appreciate the little things that happen in daily lives!

4) Be thankful for every little thing

And finally, I learnt to be thankful for every little things in life..appreciating all the support and encouragement from our family and friends when things get tough.

Parenting and motherhood is a journey with lots to learn. We need to keep learning to be in tune with our kids since different kids have different temperaments and different age groups have different needs..

I have to confess that I’m far from being the perfect mum (I’m still learning about parenting, perspective taking and working on my patience)..So I started reading parenting books like these 2 below (I’m only halfway through the first book and we had the book like 5 years ago??!!)πŸ˜…πŸ˜… The last book that I read was “What to expect for 1 year old”..and oops, they are way past 1!!

Hope I will be a better parent after reading these books! But I guess I got to speed up my rate of reading because time waits for no one..they are growing way too fast! 😣😣 And 5 years have gone by!!!

Evan’s Plagiocephaly Journey

Since I have finally found the images of Evan at the orthopaedic clinic, I thought I would spend some time to share about the helmet therapy that Evan underwent when he’s about 5 months old!

Hi there! Here’s chubby Evan at 5 months old with his armour..a helmet that cost a whooping 2kπŸ’ΈπŸ’ΈπŸ’Έ.

Prior to that, I have bought a medical pillow (Mimos pillow) that cost 99 bucks πŸ’ΈπŸ’ΈπŸ’Έ in the hope that we can avoid helmet therapy..but I guess things are not meant to be. It was a tough decision made and I remember that I was very upset that Evan had to go through helmet therapy as the helmet wasn’t exactly comfort.

And this photo was how things started..

This was Evan around 3 to 4 months (adjusted). He was having his tummy time and I realized that he could not straighten his head and his head is tilted to one side. We have also noticed that when we get him to sleep on alternate sides (to prevent flat head), he would always turned to e preferred side. Hence during one of the developmental check with the PD, we voiced this out to the PD and on further checks, we realized that Evan has torticollis on one side of this neck. Torticollis is a condition where it’s hard or painful to turn the neck. So this explains why Evan’s head is always tilted to one side, no matter how we adjust it.

Some babies with torticollis develop flat head (or plagiocephaly). For Evan’s case, his plagiocephaly was assymetrical – meaning one side is distinctly flatter than the other.

It’s also flat when you look from the side. Hence we made a tough decision to let him go for helmet therapy since MIMOS pillow didnt work for him and time is running out. For babies with plagiocephaly, the correction rate is higher when they are younger..if we were to start him later, the problem may not resolve completely.

So off we went to a recommended clinic by PD – Orthopaedia. And here’s how the measurements for the helmet was taken (with some plaster all over Evan’s head after this..and no photos were taken because Evan was crying badly and we were kind of upset too)

It definitely wasn’t a comfortable process and 2 weeks later, we got the helmet which he got to wear for 23 hours a day for 2 months. The helmet’s outer layer was actually one of Evan’s romper and the clinic incorporate it into the helmet to make it aesthetically nicer..but well, no matter how pretty it is, it’s just not comfortable.

The helmet has to be adjusted again and again..especially when Evan is sleeping, the helmet will shift a little and fold his ear. There are also times that Evan had abrasions from the rubbing of helmet’s inner surface with his forehead so I had to take it off and give him a break. My aunty actually asked why let him go through this when she sees nothing wrong with it and that flat head is quite common in the past..well, it’s not just about aesthetics..but assymetrical plagiocephaly can affect his eyesight and hearing too. If it worsens, it can lead to facial assymetry too. Hence to us, we would not take any chances and would want to rectify the problem the soonest.

So every 2 weeks, we will bring Evan to Orthopaedia for follow up and to take some measurements, as well as to shave off part of the cushioning in his helmet to accomodate his growing head. I must confess that Evan doesn’t wear his helmet for 23 hours a day as he fell sick pretty often and he couldn’t sleep well with the helmet on. At times, he would also throw up when lying down (in times of stomach flu) and dirty the helmet.

Nevertheless, we are quite thankful that the therapy still worked for Evan and he’s off the helmet in 2 to 3 months’ time. Coincidentally, torticollis was also outgrown by then. And here’s the cheeky boy these days!

Hello, Jovan!

After months of hiatus, I’m finally back to bloggingπŸ˜‚ and Baby Jovan has been swimming in my womb for 27 weeks. Lol. Continue to stay in mummy’s womb..Don’t be out too soon!

Meanwhile, my best friend these days is actually this..

A blood glucose meter! πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

Unfortunately, I’m diagnosed with gestational diabetes (GD)..though my gynae has been pretty assuring by telling me that it’s very common and not a big issue..but deep down, I know what are the implications to both baby and mummy; so I have been diligently monitoring my diet and blood glucose level. Thankfully (after a thorough research on Google), I found this virtually pain free lancet by Accu check. Indeed, it’s nt as painful as the typical prick at the clinic. Papa Thiam gave it a try too (and he agreed that it’s not painful🀣🀣..he started to be conscious of his diet too after this whole GD incident that happened to me). So for now, my “best friend” and I will meet 2 consecutive days a week, 7 times a day for blood glucose data. It can be pretty interesting when I see how the food that I consumed affects my glucose level. It’s like experimental science..hmm ok of course, if given a choice, I wont want to do such experiments! 🀣 Weeks ago I was still fantasizing about a durian feast nearing Csec date to boost baby’s weight..and my favourite granola breakfast to boost my milk supply..But for now, I guess I will have to change to avocado instead to boost baby’s weightπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ See you soon, Durian and Granola!

As I move on to third trimester, flashbacks of massive bleeding kept coming back. Kind of scary. I do hope Jovan will stay well in my womb till full term (I do not have placenta previa this time round..thankfully..but cramps and contractions are way too often). And of course, we might need another detailed scan at week 32 to check on Jovan’s brain as there’s an isolated choroid plexus cyst (CPC) discovered in his brain at week 20 during the fetal anomaly scan. The presence of choroid plexus cyst is actually linked to Trisomy 18. Though my gynae has assured that things should be okay (since my OSCAR results for trisomy 18 is ok) and it’s just one cyst that may just disappear. I still can’t help worrying. Definitely hoping that things will be okay..πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺ

Each pregnancy is a new experience for me..there must be something eventful that happened somehow..from fainting in the shopping mall for Ian, to massive bleeding for Evan, and finally GD and CPC for Jovan..Nevertheless, I’m really thankful to be home (and not the hospital this time round) at this point of pregnancy..

We thank God for his grace and the privilege to be parents of three. 😊😊