at the dentist
Adam had a pretty bad fall yesterday. According to my mum, they were having breakfast at the food centre and he slipped off his seat, fell backwards and smashed his chin against the seat. I left work early and rushed to my mum’s place.
Adam was in good spirits when I got there and was happily playing with his sister. He didn’t want to show me his teeth but I could see that his bottom lip was cut. I put some lavender oil on the wound to stop the bleeding and reduce the swelling. He was very upset about that because lavender oil is extremely foul-tasting.
I couldn’t get a good look at his teeth and gums so we got him to take a nap and while he was sleeping, I saw that his front left incisor was completely bashed out of position and his gums were bleeding. Later that day, we took him to the dentist and the conclusion was that we had to wait and see if the teeth stabilise or turn grey and fall out. We haven’t decided if we should consult a paediatric dentist yet.
Yesterday night, I took a closer look at his teeth and saw that the first four or five teeth on the right side of his mouth are all either broken or bashed into the gums. He looks really terrible when he smiles. I’m quite heartbroken because I’ve always loved his cheeky little grin and now it’s all messed up. He also looks like some character from The Simpsons because his top lip is still swollen and sticking out.
I know it’s just teeth and his adult teeth will come in eventually so the damage is not permanent but I’m feeling really down about the whole incident. I also know that it is inevitable that children fall down and get hurt but I just wish I could form some safety bubble around him so I could protect him all the time. Sigh.
Adam’s birthday is a few days before Adrian’s grandmother’s so we had a combined celebration for them. The kids love hanging out at their great grandmother’s place because they can run wild in the garden!
bubble fun before lunch
the birthday people
blowing out candles
the older ones help to cut the cake
a round of carrom
my baby and me
Since Adam hasn’t started school and doesn’t really have any friends, we decided not to have a party with lots of kids and had a little family gathering at my mum’s place instead. My wonderful mother prepared lontong, glutinous rice, fried bee hoon and even made tau huay, and I ordered some DIY popiah. My aunt also made some tau suan so we had lots of good food to eat that day!
(Point to note: don’t ever order popiah from Old Longhouse. They gave us the most horrible, tough factory-made popiah skin and the rest of the ingredients weren’t that great either. I had to get Adrian to swing by Queensway to get some proper popiah skin.)
We ordered the birthday cake from Pine Garden and while I really do love their chocolate orange cake, they used some crazy food colouring to make the cake red and it stained our hands, lips, mouth and even left a stain on the floor! Very scary!!
crazily red cake
Anya insisted on choosing the candles
blowing out the candles
with his grandparents and grand aunts/uncles
with my cousins and their kids
cutting the cake
having a good time eating candy off the cake
We went over to Juan’s new place for National Day and had a great time splashing around in the pool. Really feel so blessed being able to hang out with good friends on a public holiday. We also had a little celebration for Adam with the National Day cake that Xin brought.
refugees on a boat
splashing good time
perched on Daddy’s shoulders
a shower for Daddy!
National Day cake
dressed for the occasion
cutting the cake
someone new is joining us soon!
There are articles about Pinterest making mothers feel depressed and inadequate and Instagram portraying unrealistic rosy versions of life and I’m guilty as charged. Guilty not just of putting up picture-perfect artistically-filtered humorously-captioned photographs of my kids but guilty also of being on the receiving end, where looking at pictures of other families/ holidays/ projects on various social media sites make me feel like I need to play catch-up.
So I present a not-so-pretty glimpse into my life with the kids. It’s Mother’s Day and I’m expecting to feel special, to be showered with love and appreciation, to be given adorable handmade cards scrawled in childish handwriting, and to have beautiful photos taken with my colour-coordinated kids. Did any of that happen?
Not really. I still had to run after the kids, take care of all their usual needs and carry out all my motherly duties. At one point of time, I was the only one watching the kids as they ran and played outside, while Adrian and my in-laws were still sitting in the restaurant relaxing after lunch. Then Anya refused to smile for a family photo and made silly excuses about her arm hurting. I was fuming and I never felt so unappreciated in my life. All I wanted was a decent photo and I couldn’t even get that.
To top it off, her class teachers forgot to get the kids to make a mother’s day card in school and she only brought one home the day after Mother’s Day. By the time I got to see it in the evening, however, she had scribbled all over it with a ballpoint pen. Nice. I complained bitterly to Adrian about his children taking me for granted and he reminded me about the other card that Anya had made for me with his help. She wanted the card to be perfect and made three different cards before finally deciding that one was good enough to give to me.
My life as a mother is far from flawless and my kids are as imperfect as they come. I know sometimes I make it seem otherwise. But Mother’s Day was such a reality check for me to stop thinking about composing Kodak moments to capture and present to the rest of the world, and to really focus on living life in the moment with my family whom I love dearly and fiercely with all its imperfections.
We received a pair of Funky Feet Fashions shoes from Baby’s Breath recently and they are unbelievably cute! There are many other adorable designs available on their website and they all look so soft and comfy.
Funky Feet Fashions shoes are handmade in UK using quality materials and are perfect for young children who are learning to walk because the flexible soles allow the child to feel the floor and this is ideal for promoting a natural gait and good posture. I love being barefooted and I usually walk around the office without shoes on. Adam also likes to take his shoes off at every opportunity so Funky Feet Fashions is great for him to run around in.
I really appreciate the fact that the shoes stay on Adam’s feet without slipping off and that they are machine-washable. The soles are non-slip suede and the lining is 100% cotton. I wish they made them in my size so I could traipse around in a pair in the office!
hard to get a picture of him not moving
Funky Feet Fashions
cute sausage dog design
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Congrats to Jocelyn! :)
I know I must be the biggest suaku around but I went to Chin Mee Chin Confectionery for the very first time the Sunday before last! We were headed to Singapore Swimming Club so Adam and I had breakfast there with ET, Chris and Baby Kate.
The food at Chin Mee Chin is simple, but satisfying, and it’s really the atmosphere that makes the place a must-visit. The marble-topped tables, wooden chairs, retro floor and wall tiles, and slow-moving ceiling fans remind me of the kopitiam of my childhood.
I enjoyed the kaya toast, the luncheon meat buns and the cream-filled coronet and would have loved to linger, but it was a hot day and there was a long queue of people waiting to be seated. I hope this kopitiam hangs around for many years more and that it doesn’t change too much. It would be nice to have some things stay the same when everything else in Singapore is moving and evolving so quickly.
Chin Mee Chin Confectionery
hive of activity
eggs and drinks
toasted kaya buns
luncheon meat buns and custard puffs
hanging on to his kaya bun
refusing to sit down
with the Loos
Chin Mee Chin Confectionery is one of the kopitiams mentioned in this New York Times article about old-school coffee shops in Singapore. Quite an interesting read.