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My Favourite Nursery Rhymes from Royal Rae

David loves books. When we are in the car, he always wants to hold on to a book and at bedtime, I have to read him the same story several times before he’s willing to let go of whichever book he’s hanging on to! On weekends, we drive around quite a bit and David gets restless easily unless we play some Hi-5 music. Recently, we got hold of a busy book from Royal Rae and it keep him happily engaged in the car for a good length of time!

Royal Rae was started by Cecilia, a mother of a six-year-old girl. She observed that handcrafted toys were much better in encouraging her daughter’s creativity and imagination so she set up Royal Rae to offer a selection of high quality and engaging handcrafted toys to maximise the potential of children. We tried out ‘My Favourite Nursery Rhymes’ from Royal Rae on David and it was a hit!

‘My Favourite Nursery Rhymes’ has beautifully designed pictures accompanying familiar and well-loved nursery rhymes. David enjoyed listening to the nursery rhymes and also sat quietly lifting up flaps to help Little Bo Peep find her sheep, helping the mouse to run up the clock and the cow to jump over the moon, and putting poor old Humpty Dumpty back together again. The only ‘drawback’ was that his older siblings were so interested in his busy book that they kept trying to borrow it from him!

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Little Bo Peep

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Hickory Dickory Dock

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Hey Diddle Diddle

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Humpty Dumpty

The toys from Royal Rae have to be approved by Cecilia’s husband, a Developmental Psychologist and Associate Professor at a local university in Singapore. Together, they ensure that the toys have High Cognitive Value (Math/ Language/ IQ) and High Sensorial Value (Dexterity/ Touch Sensitivity).

Royal Rae products are designed to be safe and durable. Wooden toys have rounded edges and corners and are sanded by hand. Fabric toys have all sides triple sewn to ensure a secure fit. No batteries are required because the child is encouraged to use his or her own imagination! They are easy to bring along for car rides and flights and can keep a child entertained for a substantial amount of time.

GIVEAWAY! :)

We have a Tool Box Soft Play Set worth $50 to give away to one lucky winner. The Tool Box Play Set is handmade from wrinkle-resistant cotton & polyester and is suitable from 18 months.

To qualify, simply do the following by Tuesday, 3 November, 2359H (Singapore time):
1. Like the ‘In the Wee HoursFacebook page.
2. Like the ‘Royal RaeFacebook page.
3. Like and comment on this Facebook post telling me which Royal Rae product is your favourite and why. Remember to tag a friend in your comment.

Terms & Conditions: This giveaway is open to Singapore residents only. Winners will be contacted through Facebook message and will have 24 hours to respond, failing which a new winner will be drawn. All incomplete entries will be disqualified. All entries will be verified before the winners are announced. To be fair to our sponsors, please note that all fake Facebook accounts (e.g. accounts set up purely to take part in contests with no or very few real friends) will also be ineligible to win. One winner per household, please.

David’s Birth Story told by Daddy

I wrote a birth story for each child after every birth so for this Birth Stories blog train, I’ve invited the husband to tell the story of David’s birth from his side of things. For the record, my greatest achievement for this birth was remembering to put on some tinted lip balm before the delivery. You can read the birth stories for Anya, Adam and David at the respective links if you’re interested.

this birth story is written by Adrian

this birth story is written by Adrian

You arrived in a whirlwind of chaos. I don’t remember much of the pregnancy. Bear in mind that, at this time, your sister and brother were 4 and 2 respectively and always up to no good. I do remember that they were very excited about their new brother, and asked almost every day when you would get here.

I also remember that we had a scare early on when one of your tests came back slightly dodgy- there was a higher-than-normal chance that you would have Down’s, or worse. Things were difficult for a while as your mum and I did a lot of praying and planning for the worst. Fortunately, further tests assured us that you were ok (save that there is no test for extreme naughtiness).

The birth was over before we knew it. Like old pros, we made sure to have a nice dinner before we checked into the hospital. I think this time I actually managed to get some sleep that night. They came early in the morning to wheel your mum away [editor’s note: he makes me sound like a dim sum cart!] and I was off to wait in the Dad’s waiting room. Sitting there with other nervous family members, it felt familiar, and I was reminded of the many sleepless nights that were to follow, as well as the countless moments of joy that I was sure to have with you as you grew up.

The doc paged for me, and I went to put on my scrubs. No explanation was needed (old pro, remember?) and, before long, I was in the operating theatre. You came out just like your siblings – bad tempered, covered in gunk and generally gross. You were a lightweight, not much bigger than a guinea pig, but screamed like a 2 ton banshee.

calm before the storm

calm before the storm

I left you to the nurses and went upstairs to wait for Mum. That was where the drama started. An hour stretched into 2, and then 3. It was close to noon before the doctor called me to tell me there had been some complications but that it had all been resolved. Apparently, they couldn’t stop the bleeding and your mum had to be put under general anaesthetic for more comprehensive repair work [editor’s note: now I sound like a broken-down car]. The last thing she heard was the doctor saying “cancel all my appointments!”. Mum is sure to remind you all about how she almost died giving birth to you, every time you are naughty.

first meeting

first meeting

Watching your sister and brother meet you for the first time was priceless. They were so excited to meet you, and haven’t stopped being crazy about you since. We weren’t expecting you to come into our lives, but now that you are here, we can’t imagine life without you.

leaving the hospital with you

leaving the hospital with you

This post is part of the Birth Stories’ Blog Train hosted by Owls Well. To read other exciting birth stories please click on the picture below.

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11903600_10153532547785030_1905163617_nIf you would like to travel to the previous stops on this Blog Train and read more interesting birth stories, you can start with this one here by Yann over at Bubsicles.

Yann is a mother to two little men who, unfortunately, believe strongly that sleep is for the weak. Therefore, she sleeps too little (for her liking) and drinks too much teh-si. She suffers from Acute Mother Guiltilitis and is also addicted to writing and photography.

10827955_10153201870568230_4467962769368732000_oAt next week’s stop we will be visiting Pamela from the Tan Family Chronicles. A mother of 8 year old Isaac and 5 year old twins Asher & Shawna, Pamela looks back on the birth of her children and wonders where all the years have gone but the fats seem here to stay.