Flashback Friday #66: The Umbilical Cord

December 14, 2013: Nakayla was 23 days old when these photos were taken, and her umbilical cord looks nowhere near to dropping off. The confinement lady told me that maybe I should take a photo of it for memories sake because Nakayla and her intact umbilical cord broke all known records to her (of how long an umbilical cord takes to drop off). I’m glad she suggested it, and I’m glad I did :)


The inside was still ‘wet’!

In her many years as a confinement lady, and of the many newborns she has taken care of, my confinement lady has never experienced a baby with the umbilical cord still on after nearly a month of confinement! In case you’re wondering, Blake’s umbilical cord came off within a week from the day he was born.

Honestly, I was really worried that the umbilical cord would still be there when my 41 days of confinement was up. I was absolutely terrified that when I take over caring for Nakayla full-time, I might just get the umbilical cord hooked onto something and it gets yanked out – especially after bath time! YIKES!

At the next visit to the PD after these photos were taken, I told him my concerns about the umbilical cord and the PD gave me a bottle of medicated powder to use twice daily. Even then, it took about a little more than a week before the umbilical cord finally dropped off! Thankfully for me, it was a few days shy before my 41 days of confinement was up. PHEW!


How long did it take for your child(ren)’s umbilical
cord to drop off? Do share it with me!

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Flashback Friday #65: Swinging Good Time

Back in March last year, we went over to my aunt’s place to celebrate my cousin’s birthday. We had walked from our place to theirs, a revelation which shocked all who were at the party (except maybe my mom, cos she knew we enjoyed walking long distances). Haha.

I wish we could go back to doing that again, but with more things going on than before, and Blake having school early in the morning, it’s really not that easy to return to our slow-paced, sleep-late lifestyle. I can only wish that when the kids are older, we’ll go back to doing that again.

Anyway, the point of today’s entry is not about the walk. It’s about the fun at the end of the walk.

Probably one of the few places left with swings at the playground (at least from where I live and have been), I took Blake on it, while he was strapped onto the Baby Bjorn.

Pardon the crazy sounds from me. That’s my ra-ra thing to get Blake all high as he was initially scared, being his first time on a swing.

I really cannot wait for when the children grows up a little more, so that our lives will be more or less ‘normal’. Normal in the sense that I don’t have to give them milk in milk bottles, or change their diapers, or keep guessing what their babbling about. But till then, I’ll enjoy every bit of it!

P.S. Flashback Friday will be taking a break next week cos it’s Nakayla’s birthday weekend! Tons of last minute work to put together for her birthday!

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Flashback Friday #64: June Haze Days

In the last half of June, Singapore was smoked with haze as a result of deforestation in a neighbouring country using the ‘Slash and Burn’ technique.

Blake continued going to school, but when it got really bad, I kept him home with us until this whole ‘disaster’ period was blown over.

And this was what happened in the few days we were home together:

Nakayla could only flip back then, still not able to crawl. Now, she’s crawling all over the house chasing Blake and vice versa! How time flies!

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Flashback Friday #63: Sleeping in His New Room

30 May 2012: We had refurnished Blake’s room at the end of 2011, but never felt the need to move him straight in after it was done. That is, until we found out about our second pregnancy and enrolled Blake into school.

While prepping Blake for his first day of school, we thought that it might be a good thing to have Blake start sleeping in his own room too. Blake had always only played in his bedroom before, so to him, it was his playroom – not bedroom. But on this very day, Blake went into his room and slept on his new mattress all by himself for an afternoon nap. I was thrilled!

It took him a while to get used to the idea of sleeping completely on his own (he used to sleep in his own cot in our bedroom), but eventually, he welcomed being able to sleep in a room filled with all his toys. Hehe. Sometimes when I wake up, I can hear him playing away in his room happily alone.

In about 6-8 more months, Nakayla will be joining Blake in his room to sleep. We plan to let them share the bedroom until just before the year Blake turns 12, so that they can spend those years bonding (and fighting) before puberty knocks on the door. Now, I wonder how that will pan out…

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Flashback Friday #62: Trip to River Safari Singapore

We went to River Safari Singapore with Blake’s school on 29 August 2013 (that’s how overdue this post is!), and we had a great time there with his fellow school mates and teachers. The weather was awesome too – light rain when we were in the sheltered area, keeping the temperatures cool, and ceased when we were at one of the animal shows!

When we first arrived at school that day, Blake was a little frustrated. He thought I was going to drop him off and head elsewhere with Nakayla. It took him a while to realize that I wasn’t going anywhere without him, especially after the teachers distributed the name tags they wore whenever they went on school excursions. Haha! He got really excited from then on.

Blake had a great time, I’m sure. And, I’m so proud of my little boy! He followed his teacher and classmates obediently, while I was right at the back of the troop, ensuring no student was left behind. He only got cranky towards the end of the trip, and pestered to be in the stroller. I had to carry the sleeping Nakayla so that Blake could rest his tired little feet. Not too shabby, if you ask me! Hehe.

Alright, enough chattering, and onto the photos. Beware though, there are lots of it!


On the bus, sitting with his classmate


Nakayla came along, of cos!


With my babies, while waiting for the tickets


The otter put on quite a show for us!


I can’t really tell the difference, but I think these are manatees?
Do correct me if I’m wrong!


The manatees getting some action? :P


Waiting for one of the shows to start

Alright, I need to pause right here to tell you something funny. Haha!

For this particular animal show, audiences will get a chance to get up-close with some of the animals. When the presenter asks who wants to touch these animals, Blake will raise his hands excitedly. But when the animal came closer, the speed at which he retracted his hand was faster than a mimosa plant closing upon touch. Haha!

That’s the only two photos that came out right. Haha! And now, continuing with the rest of the photos!


He was afraid of the little animals, but so not afraid of the huge white pelicans!


While waiting for everyone to get ready to move to the next destination,
Blake started pushing Nakayla around in circles. Haha!


And then we’re off to see the pandas!


I think the one we saw was KaiKai, the male panda

It was at this Panda area where I learnt that my boy is very capable of following instructions! Before entering the area, they were told repeatedly not to make loud sounds, and when a few people in the area started to talk out loud, Blake immediately raised his index finger to his lips and went, “Shh!” several times until whoever those people are stopped talking! He was shushing adults who weren’t part of the school, in case you’re wondering. Haha! So proud of him!


Too tired to walk, so in he went!


Only to come out whenever we stopped to look at something…


Super huge… erm, alligator? I’m not expert!
I admit I can’t tell the difference between an alligator and crocodile!


A selfie shot before we head back to school :)


Reaching out to shake my hand when I said, “Good job, Blake!” Haha!


And then, in a matter of minutes…


And as usual, a soft toy souvenir he chosed!


This panda soft toy reminded him of the BabyBus Panda apps he enjoys playing on our mobiles


Yup, the panda has joined the ranks of the huge duck!

Overall, it was a great trip out with the children. And seeing how well-behaved Blake was, I’m really curious how the teachers were able to time and again bring so many children out, without any screaming their head off! I need some of those magic whatever-they-use so that I will have the courage to bring both Blake and Nakayla out on my own!

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