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Sweetest infantcare teachers ever

X completed 6 full months with the school on his 1st birthday.

His already-very-sweet infantcare teachers made him a birthday card and bought him a gift. We were really touched by their sweet gesture. They were so nice to the children, took very good care of them and always took the initiative to whatsapp us what X was up to – be it reading, music lesson, picnic, art class and more.

It was not an obligation but they did it anyway.

They were such lovely and passionate teachers that they really set the gold standard in our hearts.

Z and X were very lucky to have attended Ifc in this school.


An official One


First month – we marveled at how much he took after Z

Second month – we were thankful that he was sleeping through

Third month – I was delighted that he enjoyed going out daily

Fourth month – we were lucky that he was a good traveller

Fifth month – I had to battle to teach him how to eat

Sixth month – he adapted to school easily

Seventh month – he was starting to look like me!

Eight month – he was sitting up very well and becoming really cheeky

Ninth month – he became a good playmate to his brother

Tenth month – he fell prey to gastric flu, hfmd and roseola. It was not a pretty sight.

Eleventh month – he showed a preference for our food versus his baby food

Twelfth month – he finally crawls a little more but know that he wants to stand more, knows where the best loot is, knows that he should be eating everything on the table and of course knows that we love him deeply.


Happy first birthday, our dear lil X!

X’s first year old bash

I had to call it a bash because it was about 100 adults strong with more than 30 kids.

The party venue was at Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel’s Galleria Ballroom. We had picked that after my niece celebrated her birthday 2 months’ ago and we liked the food, especially the cake pops for me.

We ordered our cake from Celebrate with cake.


Photography was by playground pictures.

Both were recommendations from a friend.

Balloons were ordered and delivered by Heartlink trading.

Having experience of a first year old bash during Z’s time meant we were more chilled, less anal about minor details and also better prepped. We brought down toys which kept the kids happy and maintained the sanity of most adults. I even kept chips inside the kiddos’ kitchens for them to play and munch.

Z was a great host and played non-stop.

Actually, this party was a lot easier to manage than Z’s party last month. I reckoned the reduced kids’ screams played a key role in maintaining my mental stamina.

X behaved very well too. He enjoyed the attention and looked into the camera most of the time. The 2 days’ photoshoot last month helped heaps!

I could not believe a year had gone past – just like that. It did not seem very long ago when my mother came over to stay overnight, accompanied us to TMC in the early morning and babysat Z whilst Mr H was in the operating theatre with me.

A year ago


Where we stayed and Z had bunked over like it was a staycation


Our little X


What an amazing year it had been.

X’s big day

Though his actual day was 4 days’ away, a weekend do was much easier to administer.

Well, a final party and the next time – perhaps at their engagement parties.

Be back with updates after the party wrapped up.

I would also be keeping fingers crossed that we would be receiving minimal or ideally no toys.  From Z’s time, I gathered that they were too young to appreciate toys and they would still expect the parent to buy more toys.  In any case, if we received too many toys or duplicated toys (in terms of features), I might actually post it up here to sell or donate to an organisation where the toys would be much more appreciated.

I came across an article about creating sense of entitlement for the kids.  Well, do tell me about it… It had been hard for me to turn down the waves of instant gratification where the children were so blessed and lucky.  Perhaps, in 2014, the best thing I should so would be to stop holding birthday parties for Z & X.  When the end of year hit, I hoped I would be able to keep to the same stand.

Preps in gist

I had certainly done minimal party preparations this time round. The objective was to chill and relax, and to enjoy the company of family and friends who loved Little X.

Besides, the hectic schedule meant I would rather spend all my free time with the family. I had been collapsing on the bed and sleeping like a dead log the past few weeks. As long as the party looked put together, I guessed that would be fine.

It was only last night that I managed to pack the goodie bags for kids.