Sunday, March 30, 2014

Felt Mascot: Anpanman Keychain

If you have been following my posts closely, you would have remember Big E's passion for Anpanman characters. Even though we hardly watched the cartoons as they are in Japanese, we just like the kawaii characters.

I bought some books on felt sewing of the characters. Big E loves to flip through the pages and always asked me to make something there for her. I stocked up felts from daiso and they are collecting dust. Ya, I know!

In order to please her for a while, I decided to sew this little Anpanman keychain for her to hang on her school bag.

Anpanman keychain
It was done up pretty fast. I did a shortcut too. I used a black marker to draw the eyebrows and mouth instead of stitching up. I also used adhesive felts for his nose and cheeks. All I did was to use blanket stitch to close up the front and back after stuffing to give a volume.

She loved it and showed off to her classmates. :)

Kids' craft: Foam Art

I always wanted to buy some foam art crafts for Big E to assemble. It will be ideal as it is more sturdy compared to paper and quite a variety of houses I can choose from.

Till last friday, I saw some sales at Chong Pang market selling foam art crafts. I was sold on this castle design. She loves castles.

Castle
I bought and gave her a surprise when she was back from school. Immediately, she tore off the plastic bag and remove the parts from the main sheet.

As a precaution, I decided to handle the assembly while she provided me with the respective parts.

3D foam castle
Quite nice I would think. :)

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Yarn Bombing Singapore - Singapore Mini Maker Faire (SMMF)




We are gathering a group of crafters to knit and crochet pieces of items to yarnbomb the Singapore Mini Maker Faire (SMMF)! Items will be placed at either Singapore Science Centre or the Cashew Senja CC (event venue) in the run up to the SMMF.

Interested? Read on, or email to yarnbombingsg@yahoo.com.sg

What is yarnbombing?
Yarnbombing is like graffiti street art except with yarn, and in Singapore's case, we need approval! Here are a few links:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yarn_bombing
http://living.msn.com/home-decor/diy-decorating/25-brilliant-yarn-bombing-ideas

What about sewing?
We would love you to knit or crochet, but we are open to sewing similar pieces that would contribute to the yarnbombing spirit - the more the merrier!

Involvement - knitting, crochet - also open to sewing scrap fabric too! Your time, knitting needles, crochet hook and yarn! We don't have a sponsor, but if everyone pitches in, we can make it a community effort towards what we love doing :-) In fact, you could use t-shirt or fabric yarn from old garments too, if you like!

a) Make one or more pieces for yarnbombing
b) Yarn-bombing meet-up to collect initial made items, learn and to share ideas. Our first meet up is 1 May. c) Help with tying up the pieces at venue.

Patterns/Ideas for Yarnbombing: No need to be complex.
http://twilighttaggers.blogspot.sg/2011/03/how-to-yarn-bomb.html
http://www.pinterest.com/aschertle/yarn-bomb-ideas-and-stitch-patterns/

How to crochet
https://www.youtube.com/watch?gl=SG&hl=en-GB&v=eqca00LdmAc
 

How to knit
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tff3ng-djtk


You can also joined the facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/YarnbombingSG to be updated with news and updates.


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Thankful Tuesday: A hunk who spoke up for me in the train

Last week, we brought the kids out during the school holidays. We tried as much to avoid the peak hours. Unfortunately, that afternoon, we could not avoid the mad rush going home in the late afternoon.

I carried Small E in my carrier and could not have a seat to rest. Nowdays, she was quite a load to carry and stand for long. My waist and back could break any moment. I could not rest her on the pram cos her jiejie was sleeping inside.

I could only hope our station will come very soon!

Suddenly, I heard a man's voice in front of me. He asked if I need any seat? I replied "no need". I guessed he must have thought otherwise. He approached the office ladies behind me who was comfortably seated and asked if anyone could gave up her seat for me. Two of the ladies stood up and offered.

I was so grateful that I only thanked the man. (He was standing by the way.)

Did I mentioned he was a hunk?  --> Main point. :)

Some day, I will do the same in the train. Have to muster courage.

Will you do the same like the hunk?

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sand Painting

March school holidays has ended. I wish it will not end so soon. :)

We had a busy week despite the heavy downpour in early days but sunny in the later part. Luckily, we had time to do one craft at home.

My friend Jesslyn bought this sand painting kit for Big E's birthday and she likes it. She saw kids playing in the shopping malls and always wanted to try. But I was not agreeable as I thought she could not handle well. This was a great gift for both of us to test out.

I helped her in tearing out the sticker before she chose the colours and poured onto the sticky area.

Done by us
 Then I let her painted this herself. Can you see the difference?

Done by herself
I would say it was good. Very artistic.

Friday, March 14, 2014

A letter to my Big E

Dearest Big E,

I am sorry for not spending enough time with you alone after the arrival of Small E. Mummy's time has to be shared between both of you and most of the time, I have to allocate more to her than you.

After I put meimei to sleep at night, you will also be too tired to play or read with me during weekdays.

However, I realised the change in you, for the better, mostly.

1. Self feeding
- In the past, we had been feeding you during mealtimes till you turned 4 years old. I explained and encouraged you to self-feed and not watch youtubes on mealtimes. Now, I can have more time to take care meimei while you eat your lunch or dinner. You began to appreciate and explore new food. You also began to understand the importance of eating by yourself after you saw your friends or other children who can't eat by themselves.

2. Changing clothes and wearing shoes
- You could not remove or button up your clothes before. Nowadays, you are ready with your school attire on without us interferring.

3. Toilet-training
- No more diapers. Phew! Of course, occasionally you still leaked at night. But we are happy with your performance. Now we just have to buy for meimei. Thanks for saving on the household expenses.

4. More initiatives
- You helped out by emptying the meal bowl in the trash bin before placing into the sink after each meal. You also started to help me keep the laundry from the bamboo. Others like keeping the toys and books, entertaining meimei while I did my housechore or go toilet.

We will try to bring you out - just the 3 of us to any place you fancy. Be it playground or library. We could swing you up without one of us carrying meimei. We will also do more kids craft at home to play. (Mummy will crack her brain more.)

Get ready for selfie

Smile BIG BIG now!
Thank you for loving us, especially your meimei. Please wait a little longer and she will be able to play with you at the playground soon.

School holidays are here. Mummy will be planning lots of fun activities for you to enjoy.

Kiss kiss.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Thankful Tuesday: It must be something I have done

Today, I had a small surprise. It really made my day despite the haze and the mozzies (I caught 3 today.)

Big E volunteered to keep the children's clothes from the bamboos out of the blue. I never notice my elder girl has grown up. Tall enough to reach for the pegs and removed them to take the clothes off. The bamboos were in our balcony area.

Next thing she did, was to fold the clothes. I never taught her how to. Of course, they were messy. But her gesture has touched me.

It must be something I have done over the days, months or years to cultivate this young girl to help out in the household. I knew some kids never touched a single housechore before. But I will want to teach them this skill.

Thank you sweetie. Muack.



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Monday, March 10, 2014

Why I Breastfed for 12 Months

I still remembered quite clearly about my first breastfeeding journey 5 years ago as a full-time-working-mum.

I was a Kiasu and Kancheong mum-to-be who researched everything on baby bearing, offers on baby stuff, etc. AND I left out research on breastfeeding. I took for granted as I ASSUMED that it was a natural thing to do when the baby arrived that evening. The only exposure I had on this topic was during the prenatal class (only 1 lesson) and which brand of pump to buy. I did not have friends who shared openly on this too.

Opps! I was so so Wrong. Big time!

I was tired after the C-sect but eagerly wanted to give my Big E the best gift immediately. I said NO to formula milk and opted for 100% breastfeeding.

The first latching was amazing as the nurse came to guide me. I loved the suckling sound made by her too. (sound like "zhu-zhu") However, she was a still a sleepy baby. I had to try to wake her up by stroking her side hairline, base of her foot, etc.

On the second night, I had to opt for formula milk for her night feeds as I had fever due to inflammation of the wound and too tired to feed her. Luckily, the next morning, we tried practising again. We went back home on the fourth day, happily as new parents.

The challenges came on the first night. I had no confinement lady so we had to figure out why she was crying all the time even though I nursed her. Then I realised I never burped her. A newborn could take a very long time to burp. Some said for breastfeeding babies, there was no need to burp. I recommend new mummies to burp their babies, just in case.

Through the first month, she cried a lot and at a specific timing too. I asked my friends what I can do in such situation. I began to feel the pressure to pump out the milk and offer bottle for feeding so that I knew how much she drank. However, my milk bank wasn't a lot. I was sad when I saw the volume. I also asked my friends how to increase the volume (drink papaya and fish soup, latched more, drink lots of fluid, etc). We suspected she had colic and might have not enough to fill her stomach. We tried feeding her with the bottle. Failed! She refused and just wanted my boobs.

When will mummy feed me again?
I started to train her to drink from the bottle after 6 weeks (that's the recommended period to try) as I had to go back to work after the maternity leave ended. The best part was, she refused to be bottlefed even though she was crying for milk. (Poor me, I had to throw away my precious gold.) I changed a lot of different brands and finally after tries, she managed to drink. Sometimes, you can try asking your hubby or caretaker to feed her with the bottle cos babies are smart to recognise the milk bank -> ME if I were to feed her myself.

Hubby in action
Slowly and steadily, my milk volume increased but not a lot to store inside the freezer. I envied mummies who had lots and lots of milk to store in their freezer. They are super hardworking and up in the night to pump (I did not know I need to pump at night too.)

The night before I started to work I made a checklist on the items I needed to bring:
1. Pump machine (quite heavy)
2. Adaptor (works better than batteries)
3. Storage bags/bottles for the milk
4. Ice pack
5. Nipple cream
6. Breast pads
7. An airtight container to store the pump parts and sterlise using hot water
8. Plus all my personal stuff , eg wallet, makeup, etc (a lot of items)

You can image the BIG bag I had to carry inside the train and bus to work everyday. I had no regrets as I wanted to give the best to Big E. I was determined. I latched her when I was home in the morning before work and at night.

My volume dropped drastically as I could not stick to the routine (every 3 hourly) during work hours. Was sabotaged by meetings, occupancy of the room, workload, events, etc. Soon, I was only able to pump just enough for the next day's feed. Then slowly, I had to substitute 1 feed on formula and then 2, then 3, so on. Gradually, I stopped pumping on the 11th month and no longer latch by the 12th. Big E had to stop drinking my milk and cow's milk. We changed to soy milk for a week due to lactose intolerance. The stoppage of latching was quite abrupted and I was feeling sad. I had to let go the sense of "lost" and moved on.

I missed the special bonding with Big E even till today.

Small E came 4 years later. I was a better and more experienced mum the second time. I did more research on breastfeeding.

My milk did not came fast enough during the first days. I was more flexible and allowed the nurse to top up with formula milk if she cried again. Back home, I also topped up with formula milk whilst establishing my milk volume in the first month. Thank goodness, she is on total breastfeeding milk after the first month. As a stay-at-home-mum now, I could feed her on demand, any time and any place. I don't have to pump anymore (I dislike pumping and lazy to sterlise the parts and bottles.) I also have more mummy friends whom I knew from the forums and facebook. They are very supportive on breastfeeding issues and response quickly on questions I posted. Even now, there are more and more nursing rooms inside the shopping malls as compared to the past.

Big E asked: Full already?

I am still nursing her and will continue till she weans off. Hopefully she will be gentle and not bite me with her teeth. Ouch!

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This post is part of a Blog Train hosted by Madeline at MadPsychMum. Head on over to read the other 23 breastfeeding stories by Singapore Mom Bloggers!


 

Tomorrow, Cheryl will be sharing her story at Privi-Kids.com.



Cheryl is a full time working mom as Brand Manager for a multi brand beauty retail concept. Founder of Privi-Kids.com, a kids apparel online store offering unique, stylish and affordable apparel to privileged one to eight year olds. Mom to two kids, 3 year old Aiden and almost 4 month old Ava. Read more about our family of four at privikids.blogspot.sg as we share stories of Aiden & Ava growing up, our parenting tips & views and how to enjoy life in stressful, costly Singapore.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Creativity 521: Air Brushing Craft

I am always on a lookout for new kids' craft out there. Not only I can "play", Big E can also learn new crafts from me.

I saw this air brushing craft at a store in Chinatown Point - Dou Yi Bookstore. I love visiting bookstore to browse through new books and stationeries (esp pens, paper, etc)

So I bought a set for my girl to try out.

The set included a presser, some coloured pens and some stencil plates. All we need to do was to insert the pen onto the presser. We can also selected the pressure too.

Pressing the tool

Her masterpiece
We love night crafting. Opps!

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Thankful Tuesday: The genes in you

Big E loves reading from a young age.

I had to thank my hubby's genes. He loves to read fiction books, online articles, etc. I don't have such genes. Probably the only books I read will be comics, craft books, sewing magazines, 8 days or I magazine. I don't like to read fiction books. Too wordy. Too boring. ;p I prefer more photographes and colours. Less words.

In my previous post, I mentioned we bought an IKEA expedit to store the books we have. Everyday without failed, Big E will pulled out some books to flip. I don't care if she can read the words. But we knew she can read more words than before. I was surprised at the amount of words she can read even though we hardly teach her.

Now, we wanted Small E to be exposed to books at a young age as well.  She bites or swings the book most of the times. At the point, I am thankful she does not tore the books.

I guess it's due to her genes again.

I managed to capture this precious moment. Looks sweet.

Reading starts from young

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