(Idea modified from Babycentre's)
- All the gifts of hats for Bubbles! She has many - from the hand-made, to sporty, to girly ones
This explains the hand and finger numbness I have been feeling off and on for the last few years.
In the past 2 weeks, this numbness has become much worse. I wake up in the mornings unable to clench my fists, and often feel tingling numbness on my fingers. My hands and wrists feel weak throughout the day. I also realise now why I have been clumsily dropping things more often, most notably dropping (and breaking) a ceramic spoon at friend's place.
Sadly the doc took one look at my hands and say that I already have some muscle degeneration, which means that I have been having this problem for sometime (and not during my pregnancy). He has prescribed some Vitamin B complex for me, but says that I should consider surgery at some point because that is the only thing that could help.
I pray I don't ever drop my baby!
[Oops, I just realised that my last entry didn't have a Gratitude Post. I also didn't want to write this entry at first because the numbness on my hands just made me not want to type. But some interesting things happened today, and I can only say, Praise God!]
- Bubbles and I saw an adorable little squirrel scampering on a tree during our daily morning walk. It was a lovely shared experience for the both of us
- 2 yellow birds also flew past, showing flashes of brillant yellow against the leafy greens
Yes, my baby, who only recently learnt to flip, constantly wants to stand.
It is funny how I take a while these days to get her to sit, as she will straighten out her legs and refuse to be put down. Put her feet on the ground and she's happy as a lark.
The thing that really cracks me up though, is when she tries to get out of her Bumbo seat. Yup, my baby tries to do that. She will fling her arms backwards, straighten and push her legs forwards, and actually manages to lift her butt upwards.
Fortunately, her (very) chubby thighs get stuck at the leg openings of the seat. (They get stuck when I put her in the seat too, so I always have to force the opening apart.) The little Bubs will not give up when that happens, and will earnestly push herself upwards again and again, putting her butt down to rest at intervals.
I'll usually go rescue her when that happens.
Hurray for chubbs!
But of course, her 'new look' lasted all of 3 minutes before her hair dried and you know, her Gatsby hair came right back. Just like this:
- Joy and laughter in the family
- Bubbles did her first full flip today!
- Helpful colleagues who helped me with taping cardboard boxes, packing, and lugging stuff from my office cubicle to my car boot. And also colleagues who have loan me space in their cubicles to keep stuff. Rent free!
I for one, enjoy opening up gifts, so I have been having a whale of a time the last few months, ripping open presents for Bubbles. Roboman doesn't care much for this whole gift thing though, especially if the gifts are clothes. Men.
My aunt came by today with a HUGE vacuum sealed bag of Old Navy clothes for Bubbles! (Vacuum packing was essential to ensure enough room in her luggage for her own stuff.)
Wow wow wow.
We have a skirt, pants, dresses, camis, tanks, tees, and even a little zip-front hoodie! It was like opening up a whole little girl's wardrobe!
I love them all and am touched by the thought and effort that went into this.
Now, does this mean I am no longer entitled to clothes shop for my baby this year? ;)
- A wonderful, generous Aunt
- A steady stream of visitors from loved ones since Bubbles' arrival into our lives
A SAHM with no help save for occasional ones from the grandmas and a family friend, she is in my eyes a fantastic mother and domestic goddess. Even my mum is impressed.
Mango always has a cheerful disposition (Roboman can always guess when I am on the phone with her because he'll hear her laughter in the background), and is an ever patient and conscientious mother. Her little son gets a variety of homecooked food including healthy soups (everyday!), and a plethora of fresh fruits. She also manages to keep her house in a ready-for-guests condition and always has an open door policy. In fact, it was at her place (and on her bed) that I napped once when pregnant and feeling the onslaught of morning sickness.
During Christmas, she bought and prettily wrapped gifts for everyone from kids to adults, and baked cookies and chocolate crisps for each family.
Recently, we were invited to Mango's place for a shellfish dinner. She had 3 young families over, and we all took turns to eat/mind the kids. It was most interesting for me because I've never eaten some of the stuff that was on the table. We didn't even know what some of them were called! But they were all very tasty. We also walloped winter melon soup, fish curry and a refreshingly cold chin chow dessert.
I think even Bubbles felt the warmth of the hospitality shown - she was cheery throughout dinner, drank her milk readily and cooed her goodbyes.
Friendships that last through changes in our lives
One of the things I have decided to do based one of our discussions is to start writing Gratitude Posts.
Some time ago, I used to write thanksgivings on my blog - to remind myself of the blessings that I have received. I intended to do so everyday, but that kind of got too tedious and ultimately I stopped writing, which was a pity. (Does that sound familiar?)
I have now decided to start again in a smaller, more achievable way: A Gratitude Post at the end of each blog entry.
It is exciting because I now anticipate good things that come my way and am learning to be sensitive to them (as opposed to taking things for granted, as I do pretty often). I am well aware that there will be days (probably many) where I will be too tired, too discouraged, too pissed off with people to feel an ounce of gratitude - but I also know for a fact that in the midst of shite there will always be nuggets of gold to notice and uncover.
I hope my dear readers, that you will be encouraged by this new addition to my blog! And do remind me if I forget to do this!
- I am a mother of a happy and healthy 4-month-old today
- My neighbours are done with their renovation hacking. I can hear the birds chirping outside.
Thankfully my mum was around to witness the incident so she quickly removed from Bubbles the rattle, broken parts and the innards that fell out.
Over a few days, I tried very hard to take a passport worthy photo of her.
Not perfect, but at least a drool-less, looking-straight-at-the-camera with a happy expression photo.
Hopefully the authorities approve this! Please do!
Today is the start of the work year for most people. The fact that I am not yet back at work is a prayer answered :) I am still in awe of how things have turned out the way it has, and I promise myself to make good use of the time I now have.
I haven't made specific New Year resolutions this year, but I begin 2010 with lots of thanksgiving in my heart, excitement for the future, and determination to have my priorities right. This means that computer time surely has to decrease, as I seek to make more time for God, for Roboman, for Bubbles, my family and friends. And of course more time for myself.
I don't aim to be the perfect wife, mother and daughter, but I hope, with God's guidance that I can be the best I have been gifted to be.
So dear readers and friends - I leave you now with photos of a beautiful plush toy and gorgeous blanket that a dear friend single-handedly sewed for Bubbles.
May your work year be as enjoyable as it is for me watching Bubbles grow!