Colourful meal

Made a new batch of puréed red kidney beans. Some I’ve put on expressed milk plastic storage for long duration storage in the fridge (one week at the most) and two servings on the storage box which Yui will be eating within a day or two.

Spinach green. Tomato red. Kidney beans (金時豆) brown.

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For Yui’s dinner earlier this evening, I scooped out a portion of the olive oil-sautéed minced meat and onions (no salt and before I turned it into chili con carne) the Mom and Dad are having and put it on Yui’s rice together with a serving each of the spinach and tomato.

Ah, so thankful for our little happy eater. When I was a kid, I was such a picky eater that I probably haven’t eaten three quarters of the types of food Yui has been eating. Keep it up anak!

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(Yui) my favourite books

Among the books that Dad and Mom and friends gave me, I’ve loved these from when I was still three months old.

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When I was younger, I would kick my legs in excitement whenever Mom or Dad reads these to me. But now that I can smile and laugh and giggle when I really want to, I look like this. 🙂

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And this.

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本は大好きな!

daycare peep-in day

Hubs and I had a chance to peep-in at Yui’s daycare today. Parents aren’t usually allowed to stay in the daycare but this week, parents are granted a two-hour period in the morning to observe how our daughter goes about her day at the daycare. We chose today for it.

Through a slit created by the two artworks pasted by the door, we observed Yui and found that indeed, even without us around, she loves to smile and is very curious. Hubs and I had a great time looking in, watching not only our adorable daughter but also her “classmates” who are all older than her (they turned 1 year old last month and one will turn 1 next month). The “peeping-in” was good bonding moment for me and Hubs as well and I’m so happy that even when we were busy at work (hubs especially who’s handling three projects!) we could have this opportunity. Yet another moment to tuck in into our mental family album. 🙂

The artwork that’s a “collaboration” of all the six babies in Yui’s class. We heard about this first artwork in Yui’s renraku note (daycare diary) and we finally saw the output now.

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Will update this blog later to show the piece done by Yui alone. ^_^

rainy days for the mom and the baby

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satchels for kids!

The first time I saw a satchel way back, my reaction was “UGH! Now THAT-is-one-bag-that’s-definitely-not-for-me”. I find it to be too rigid, too square for my taste.

Very recently however, I find myself liking the design – most probably because it matches so well with office fashion. Well actually, it would also be great with your jeans and high heels.

This one however sealed the deal. That ok, this time, I really am into satchels already. Albeit Yui may not be ready to use one for many years yet teehee.

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So cute right?! Got above photo from babyology.com.au. Check this babyology post out for more satchel cuteness.

Happy (little) feet: Yui’s first Mother’s Day gift

Her teachers made it. Nevertheless, it’s still heartwarming. Her mark is on it, after all.

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Tugs at the heartstrings alright. Makes my eyes water thinking the owner of this little feet is my daughter. And the words, though very simple and written by the teachers, touched me deep.

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY fellow moms!! 🙂

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a translation on the note written

Mommy,
I love you.
Thank you.
Yui

Moms are weird

Moms are weird.

During Yui’s first days at the daycare, my heart weeps as I see Yui bawl with my goings and comings. Her Dad and I worried as her teacher wrote in Yui’s renraku note (the notebook wherein Yui’s teacher writes about Yui’s daily activities & condition & sleeping time and where I put the same for how Yui was at night and in the morning) that Yui didn’t eat much, cried a lot and didn’t sleep much as well. I worry.

And then yesterday, Yui’s teacher said that as usual when I left, Yui cried. But when she showed up (I left Yui to another teacher), Yui smiled at her and actually smiled many times that day. My heart twitches because Yui is now bonding up with one of her caretakers. But of course proud as well because as Hubs puts it, Yui’s friendly character is finally showing through.

And then today when I left my daughter in the daycare, she didn’t cry anymore. She doesn’t look particularly happy, in fact she looks sad. But she wasn’t crying, which is a big improvement. Probably there’ll come a time when the sight of her teachers would elicit a smile on her face. And I think any mother would understand the warring emotions I felt earlier/would feel in the future (for the smiling part) – the heartbreak that your child is becoming more independent from you and the happiness & pride because of her independence.

I chanced upon one of our Japanese wedding Ninong (godfather) earlier in the office elevator hall and told him of the different emotions with Yui’s independence. And with a laugh, he summarised: “if case A, you worry. If it’s case B and the opposite of case A, you still worry. Yes, yes. That’s how mothers are”.

And how right he is indeed.

Yet, there’s the glowing pride in seeing your child is coping well.

Grow well, anak.

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