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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.

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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.

Less Stress with AXA Family Advantage

Pregnancy is a time of wonder: you wonder if baby is growing well, wonder if you’re eating the right things, wonder if you’re eating enough (or a little too much), wonder if the baby is a boy or a girl, wonder if you’ve managed to buy everything you need for the baby, and wonder how your life is going to change completely once baby gets here! This entertaining AXA Family Advantage video reminds me of that exciting but stressful time.

When I was pregnant with Anya, I worried a lot because we had a bit of a scare early in the pregnancy, and again towards the end of the pregnancy when her weight gain was less than ideal. And since there were a few hiccups during the pregnancy, it meant that we had to see our OBGYN quite often and that added significantly to our expenses. I also needed a C-section so we ended up spending more than we expected. Looking at Anya now, it’s hard to imagine she was such a tiny baby!

wondering what to expect while pregnant

wondering what to expect when you’re expecting

wondering what to name the baby

wondering what to name the baby

wondering if baby will be more like you or Daddy

wondering if baby will be more like Mummy or Daddy

wondering if the weight gain is acceptable

wondering if the weight gain is within acceptable limits

To help parents-to-be enjoy parenthood, AXA has unveiled a first-of-its-kind pre-natal plan package, AXA Family Advantage, to allow couples the flexibility to select from 8 different types of protection, savings and investment plans to prepare for the responsible role of being parents.

The plan simultaneously offers pre-natal coverage for the expectant mother, and when the child is born, the parents can choose to insure their child in a straightforward process with no health questions asked.

In conjunction with the launch of AXA Family Advantage, AXA is running a radio contest and participants will stand to win a home cleaning session courtesy of the AXA Daddy Rescue team who will mop, clean, wipe and even sing acappella for you.

All entries also stand a chance to win the grand prize of a Babycation weekend stay for 2 at Capella Sentosa worth $2,000! How amazing does that sound?

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The contest will play on Class 95 between 6am to 10am, with a weekly winner being selected on the 21 August, 28 August & 4 September. So there’s one more weekly prize up for grabs!

Here’s how to take part: SMS AXA <space> Name <space> NRIC <space> Why You Deserve To Be Rescued to 76677. The most creative reason wins! Contest ends on the 17 September and the Grand Prize will be announced on the 18 September.

Find out more about AXA Family Advantage in this online brochure or speak to an AXA Financial Consultant today.

Disclaimer: This post is brought to you by AXA Singapore.

Diaper Dude Backpack from MDdiaperbags

The husband absolutely loathed our previous diaper bag. He called it the Bag of Hate and would hurl abuse at the inanimate object whenever it slipped off his shoulder for the gazillionth time or when he couldn’t find something he needed inside. To be honest, I didn’t have any major issues with that bag but when we were out, I had to carry it almost all the time since he hated it so much.

We decided to get a backpack so we wouldn’t need to worry about the bag slipping off shoulders, but it had to be one MANLY enough for the husband to carry without grumbling. I told him about Diaper Dude (even the brand sounds manly), a range of diaper bags designed for men. MDdiaperbags is the sole distributor for Diaper Dude in Singapore and after checking out what was available on their website, the husband decided on the Diaper Dude Convertible Backpack/ Messenger in Camo.

so pleased with his Diaper Dude

so pleased with his Diaper Dude

The husband simply adores his Diaper Dude bag and calls it.. the Bag of Love. If I say, “Pass me the diaper bag!”, he’ll glare at me and demand that I address the bag by its proper name. Yes, my husband is a bit mad. But I can put up with his madness because now that we have gotten the Diaper Dude, he carries the bag most of the time so that’s brilliant for me!

The bag has good weight distribution and can sit on the floor/ chair without toppling over on one side. The three small pockets in the front are perfect for items like mobile phones, wallets, spare change, little hair clips, etc.

very stable, doesn't topple

very stable, doesn’t topple

fits bottles and hot water flask

fits bottles and hot water flask

Behind the three front pockets, there’s a flat compartment that we use for random things. After that, we have our feeding compartment where we keep the bottles, hot water, milk powder and other food-related items. There’s also a removable insulated bottle holder that can be placed on the outside of the bag to be within arm’s reach but we are not using that at the moment.

The next compartment is for our diaper changing needs and that’s where we keep the changing pad, diapers, wet wipes, nappy cream, hand sanitiser and a change of clothing. The changing pad comes with the diaper bag and is quite cleverly designed. Many changing pads are designed such that the butt area folds to the middle or even to where the baby would rest his head. Imagine how unhygienic that is! The Diaper Dude changing pad folds inwards before folding upwards so the butt area doesn’t come into contact with the space for the head and body.

diaper changing necessities

diaper changing necessities

well-designed diaper changing pad

well-designed diaper changing pad

One particular feature that is very helpful is a check list printed on the inside of the bag. Although it’s called ‘Dad’s Check List’, it also helps me to be a bit more organised and to remember all the stuff we need for the baby. LOL at the last item on the check list!

I must admit that I like the design of the Diaper Dude backpack very much. It might be a bit bulky for petite ladies but looks fine on me. Most importantly, the husband is very fond of it (Bag of Love, remember?) so it helps him to be more involved in taking care of the baby’s needs when we are out and about!

check list!

check list!

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to be more organised or even to get the husband to be more hands-on with taking care of baby, it’s time to get a new diaper bag from MDdiaperbags! You can get $5 off with a minimum purchase of $80 with the discount code WH$5OFF from now until the end of February. It just might change your life. ;)

Disclaimer: We received the Diaper Dude Convertible Backpack/ Messenger from MDdiaperbags for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

BabyBjörn Bouncer Balance Soft

BabyBjorn

I love how many baby products that our parents used when we were babies are still being used now but in new, improved versions that make life much easier for us parents. For example, the baby bouncer. You know those springy mesh seats that are usually found in baby blue or pink? I sat/ slept on one when I was a baby and I wish there were a giant version for adults I could lounge about in even now!

BabyBjörn Bouncer Balance Soft is definitely better than what we had as babies. For starters, it’s available in a range of fashionable colours from silver/ white to khaki/ beige that will complement (rather than clash with) your home decor. There are cotton and mesh versions but I personally like the latter for our tropical climate. The bouncer is suitable for babies and toddlers aged 0-2 years. Baby David has been using it since he was a few months old.

BabyBjörn Bouncer Balance Soft is developed with pediatricians and ergonomically designed to provide proper head and back support, crucial for babies whose muscles are not fully developed. It folds up nice and flat, making it easy to store or transport (and bring along on holidays). In my opinion, the biggest advantage the BabyBjörn Bouncer Balance Soft has over the old-fashioned mesh bouncer is that it can be easily and QUIETLY adjusted from the upright position (when baby is laughing and playing) to the reclined sleeping position (Zzzz…) without waking baby.

To be honest, I wish someone had given this to me 5 years ago when Anya was born (instead of numerous hampers!) because it is very useful to have around. I think any mum-to-be or mum of a new baby would truly appreciate this as a Christmas or baby shower gift. BabyBjörn Bouncer Balance Soft is available from Mothercare and you can get it for just $179 (that’s $100 off!) as a special pre-order deal (until 31 December) for the Mothercare Baby fair 2015!

Kith at Quayside Isle: Adrian’s Birthday

We celebrated Adrian’s birthday at Kith, Quayside Isle last Sunday and it was crowded! We had to wait some time for our table, but when we got settled, the food came quite quickly and it was all good. While they still don’t have child-friendly cutlery and crockery (read: not breakable!), they put the kids’ drinks in their takeaway coffee cup with a straw inside, which was very helpful.

This is probably the first time we are meeting when it’s just us and all the kids. I always imagine that we are asking for a table for 5 with a few high chairs to add on here and there. It’s hard to think of ourselves as a party of 9!

Big Breakfast (Adrian's, of course)

Big Breakfast (Adrian’s, of course)

Pork Belly & Fried Eggs

Pork Belly & Fried Eggs

Salmon & Eggs

Salmon & Eggs

Blackstone Eggs

Blackstone Eggs

Prosciutto

Prosciutto

Truffle Fries!!

Truffle Fries!!

the boys

the boys

Happy Birthday!!

Happy Birthday!!

Just Peachy: Peachtree Jewellery + Giveaway

David is teething and putting everything into his mouth to chomp on! From toys and wet wipes to the side of his cot, nothing is safe from him! I can’t even wear my usual accessories because he would reach for and try to chew them. So I was delighted to learn about Peachtree, a Singapore-owned label of a line of jewellery made using 100% non-toxic food grade silicone. The pretty necklaces and bangles come in the most amazing colours and are free of any nasty stuff (BPA free, phthalate free, lead free, PVC free and latex free).

Peachtree Jewellery

Knotted between each bead with a breakaway safety clasp for added security, the jewellery is waterproof and gentle on little gums and emerging teeth, which makes them ideal as teething beads. The first day I wore the necklace, David (who doesn’t ever sit still) actually sat quietly on my lap for a good 20 minutes just gnawing on the beads. He reaches for the necklace whenever I’m carrying him and it really helps with his teething pain.

Peachtree Jewellery

The necklaces come in various stylish designs – pearls, diamonds, diamonds & pearls (my personal favourite), and pendants – that brighten up any outfit. With ten beautiful colours like turquoise sea, biscotti, liquorice and cherry red, you’ll be tempted to buy more than one piece. You may want to try layering necklaces of different colours and designs. There’s even a mini pearl necklace range for kids above 3 that can also work as a short necklace on a grown-up. I’m definitely ‘borrowing’ Anya’s fuchsia mini necklace soon!

Peachtree Jewellery

Peachtree Jewellery

Even if you’re not a mum or a little girl, the fact that Peachtree jewellery doesn’t absorb odours or support the growth of bacteria, mould or fungus makes it fabulous for those of us who like to hit the gym. You can also wear the waterproof necklaces and bangles to the beach or the pool and look ultra glamorous in your swimwear.

You can get Peachtree online and from Soon Lee on Haji Lane. They are great as gifts for new mums or little girls who like to dress up. Have fun choosing from all the yummy colours and designs! Singapore-based Peachtree fans on Facebook are offered FREE shipping to anywhere in Singapore via registered post.

GIVEAWAY!

We are giving away 2 necklaces – a long one for women and a mini one for girls. I’ll be picking the 2 winners separately based on the necklace preferred.

To qualify, simply do the following by 3 October 2014, 2359H (Singapore time):

1. Like the ‘In the Wee Hours’ Facebook page.
2. Like the ‘Peachtree Jewellery’ Facebook page.
3. Like, share and comment on this Facebook post telling me which design (pearls/ diamonds/ diamonds & pearls/ mini) and colour you have your eye on! Tag a friend when you share the post and make sure your post is public.

 

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.