October Babies Bash 2017

It was a group chat formed in July 2016, a couple of months before any of us were going to give birth in October. All of our EDDs were in October but then you have outliers like Sarah who chose to be one of the two seniors in the entire group to be born in September.

To be honest, I had been apprehensive about joining this chatgroup. I am sociable but I wasn’t sure how it would pan out in a WhatsApp chat group. One thing did lead to another, late nights chats, and we would chat about ANYTHING under the sun. And I mean, ANYTHING. ahem. Ignoring your phone for 3 hours would mean you would have missed out on over 500 messages. If the topic was hot, probably about 1000.

Post delivery, the speed at which the conversation moves is a lot slower, no thanks to the toddlers, but the chat is still very much alive; catching up on the milestones of the little ones, senior mummies advising on baby ailments and milestone developments. It never stops. Even I would ask for some advise about raising a girl. Good grief, talk about going back to square one and a steep learning curve.

Earlier this year, we decided that we needed a party to celebrate the 1 year milestone. Everyone would be busy celebrating their little ones’ birthdays in Sep/Oct/Nov, so we figured early Dec would be a good date. Yesterday, 43 mummies and 45 toddlers celebrated this 1 year milestone. It was so nice to meet up with everyone and put a face to the names in person! Okay, I was being quite rude asking ‘who are you??’ each time someone came in and registered. Sorry lah, I only see you guys once a year.

So ladies and gentlemen, here is the m&m’s themed #oct16mummiesnmonsters bash.

EDD Oct 2016 family

Sarah was comfortably sleeping on Daddy Ting so she isn’t in the photo. Bummer! But hey, we just DON’T wake a sleeping toddler okay. Good grief.

The entire planning took around 6 months. We had intended for the gathering to be a relatively gradual one, but it snowballed into a full scale event, with proper catering (none of the pizzas, KFC, zhi char stuff), and awesome sponsors and vendors.

Don’t get me started on our committee, of which I am apart of. I love it that I am working with real people who genuinely want the best for the mummies who are attending this bash; from planning the theme, to getting sponsored products that we believe would be useful for our mummies, to working on decor. Everyone was hands on. Come on, you guys are dream team okay! So much love for you guys.

Committee members and their little ones

Really thankful for the husbands who were hands on deck. From lugging boxes and boxes of stuff from the car to the 2nd floor (no lift FML), to helping out with the kids. Daddy Ting, you are da best! Look, he isn’t one to attend such events. In fact, he was supposed to just help offload the stuff and go home. But he decided that….he needs to be there for his baby girl so he hung around till the end of the event. #daddytingrawks kekekeke. Nah, bestest husband of the year award go to you liao!

Now, move on to the serious stuff liao. The sponsors. You have my utmost gratitude. Thank you for believing in us, and so generously sponsoring these items for our event. 45 goodie bags were prepared, and our mummies are impressed at the goodies that went into it. We went from having only 18 prizes for our lucky draw to prizes for everyone. *mindblown* We had only requested that you sponsor items that are suitable for our age group but some of you have gone beyond and offered us even more.

On behalf of our mummies group, THANK YOU.

45 goodie bags lined up

Prize table!

Unbagging commenced once the mummies got home! I mean that is the highlight of the event right

Emptying out the goodie bags to see what we have!

Thanks to the following sponsors for our goodie bag:

 

Lucky draw prizes:

Other sponsors:

Many thanks again to our sponsors who made it happen! These sponsors were approached because we believe in their products and some of us were using them. Good grief..if you only see the number of group buys we have for the snacks! hahaha.

I will be writing reviews for some of the products we have received so you can get a better understanding of them. Along with these reviews will be some giveaways so do stay tuned!

Overall, I reckon it was a successful bash! All the mummies and kids enjoyed themselves.

Unloading the cars.

WTH. We made so many trips up and down 2 flights of stairs and I only clocked like 4.5k steps. The calories lost was WAAAY more than the steps hor. There were still another 2 cars to unload. haha.

Catering provided by The Private Kitchen

pre-event chaos

photos of our babies done up by one of our mummies!

sorting out for registration.

So thankful for one of the husbands of our mummies who stationed himself at the registration to help us out. I think really have to give the daddies a lot of credit leh!!

Self set up dessert table with goodies from various contributions!

m&ms diaper cake and a jarful of m&ms for a game!

We were thinking of a simple game that everyone could participate in so we decided to have a ‘guess the number of m&ms’ game. The counting was done by yours truly and it took me 2 hours to sort and count according to colours cos got 5 diff types of flavours! Nearly forgot the number of m&ms in the jar hahaha Heng I WhatsApp-ed the hubby the number after I counted.

the gleeful winner.

really gotta give it to the husband of this mummy as he sat next to the jar for a super long time counting! and his was the closest, 688. The total number is 710! Me? Just thankful to not have to inhale chocolate fumes for a while haha. Sugar high lohh. They joked about keeping it for kiddo till he is 18 and giving it to him.

Oribel Portaplay, fun for the kids!

So glad I decided to bring the Portaplay to the bash. I mean, it’s so convenient to pack and bring along! Raised the legs one notch and it was set to go. I love it that kids could be around the table playing with the various attachments.

Squeezed in one Thermos demo, I’ll be writing about that in the next couple of posts and you’ll see why!!

sharing porridge cooked in Thermos food jar

So how do we know that the event was a success? hahaha

Babies KO!

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taking a short break

On the business side, things were quiet. But I’m thankful for this short break, allowing me to catch up on work, chores and even baking bread. Phwoar. It’s been a looong time since I baked bread.

It was the week of our 8th wedding anniversary. 

The short break that allowed me to spend decent quality time with Donald. On 20th Sept, we opted for a simple lunch at the mall nearby, and an Itacho dinner at home, delivered by Deliveroo. The boys were happy with the food and I had my time with my husband.

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On 21st, since the boys were staying overnight at my in-laws, I figured I could bake some bread for breakfast. Made enough 湯種 to do 3 types of bread. It took so much time that I ended up doing only 2 types of bread, about 2 loaves each. Made some of the wholemeal dough into little buns for the boys and they loved it (only cos I put a chocolate-caramel chip inside each of the buns. WTH).

I was going to use the remaining 湯種 to make sausage rolls for the boys..but I couldn’t *sigh* I walked into Sheng Siong and had a look at the processed sausages. Saw the ingredients and I couldn’t bear to be the one making them those rolls. Argh. SO.much.preservatives and goodness knows what ingredients. WTH.

Sorry boys. You just have to stick with the milk bread.

It was also the week where there was gifting from two groups of relatives as they prepared for their wedding this month and in November.

We have 3 family weddings to attend for the rest of the year! The boys have been ‘booked’ to open car door, walk down the aisle holding Sarah’s hands (good luck with that one), and to also jump on a bed.

Hahaha I told the relative that the last time the boys jumped on a newly-wed cousin’s bed, they got pregnant 2 months later. So..how long did they want the boys to jump? hahahha

It was also the week we celebrated my maternal grandma’s 88th birthday. 

It was always good to have a reason to celebrate and also have family all gather together. I don’t know about you, but I love family gatherings. I love my grandmas (both paternal and maternal) and am really glad they have an opportunity to see my kids grow up.

But they are getting old. My paternal grandma will be 96 next year. Pretty crazy huh. I wonder if I will live that long.

Breaks are also addictive. I can’t wait for my next break! haha. I have already made a promise to myself that I will get to travel solo when Sarah goes to pre-nursery. But seriously, high chance that I’ll end up taking one kid along with me (cos I don’t trust the husband with 3 and it’ll reduce the mummy guilt from leaving all the kids at home! hahahah).

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mommy’s milestone : Sarah turns 1

Photo taken by: Grow Old With Me (Gideon)

To the 28 year old pre-pregnant me:

Your 3rd child turns one today. Did you know that you were going to have 3 kids? Well, the plan was to have four but you wouldn’t know that it is not going to happen. Maybe not just yet. Cos, you know, accidents can happen.

Except it wasn’t the case for all kids. They are all planned. It wasn’t as easy as you thought it would be. You got emotional when you had been trying and your colleague came back from a holiday..pregnant. But hey, it was only a few months. You will get pregnant eventually. And then go on to have more cos..you felt you needed to baby one kid all the time. Like WTH. Damn you hormones.

How does it feel to have your 3rd child turn one today? Bittersweet. The 35 year old me now had been counting down to the day she turns one. It is a major milestone for me, the last kid, and thinking back on how she had grown in the past year or so.

She started walking unassisted around the house in the past 2 days. The glee on her face, as she strains to run after her brothers. They had been her motivation to walk earlier. Last week, she started climbing the sofa and the toddler chairs. *sigh* you will have your hands full.

You will wonder how you were going to raise her when you find out you were pregnant with a girl, after having two boys. You & I both, we struggle a little with self-esteem, wonder a little about our self-worth, yet we know that this worth should be determined by yourself and not what the world thinks you are worth.

You will come to accept that you are doing fine. And that you are worth..a lot. And you will see that worth in the way your husband appreciates & loves you, and in the way your children treat you.

And despite all the frustrations, overwhelming pressure and stress that society or you may impose on yourself, you will know that your kids love you a lot regardless of how you dress (damn lok kok & all), how you behave (like a crazy woman talking as loud as her son) or how you deal with them.

Cos they only know love from you. You will love your kids so much..it’ll be a pain in the ass. Hahaha.

But you will still wonder how you were going to raise your little girl. The girly girl who shares your passion for shoes and bags, has your temper and knows she is loved, safe and protected by the ones around her. Just by the way she manjas the two of you.

You’ll like it. I promise you. She’s the game changer.

But at this moment, I’m celebrating my milestone of having survived the first year. Wait, scrap that. No survival required. We cruised through it, with the help of family. And it is as you envisioned when you thought about having more kids.

The kids giggling and shrieking in excitement as they run around the house.

The older ones looking after the younger ones. 

The stuff that comes out of their mouth. #shitOlliesez #shitQTsez #shitSarahsez

When they run into your embrace. 

It’s scary as we moved along each phase of their lives, but celebrate as they grow, cos you will grow too. In size (unfortunately, sorry! Please stop buying new clothes, you won’t have a chance to wear them again). In heart (lots and lots of love to give). And in mind (ommm be zen, be patient.)

Now, excuse me whilst I go wish our baby girl happy 1st birthday.

happy birthday, my dear baby girl! <3

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