Monday, December 27, 2010

hand in hand




little bb,
each day passes with mama wondering what you will be like when you grow older...
what you will be like when you are 1 yr old?
what you will be like when you are 5 yrs old?
10 yrs old?
when you go to college?
when you start dating????
today, papa and mama are thinking of the day when you let us meet your girlfriend... hehe







then i look at you now...

still so tiny....
your eyes, your mouth, your hands.....
and i don't want to forget what it is like today when you are 1 yr old, 5 yrs old, 10 yrs old....
i want to remember what it is like holding your little hands in mine....
and i want to show you what you are like as a little bb.....



happy 2 months old!

 

Sunday, December 26, 2010

my first christmas!!


















i didn't really know what christmas is about....
all i know is that my mama seems to be super happy and busy these days...
she keeps dressing me in colors i have never seen before (i only know of one color..... white!)....
she keeps playing the same music at home...  something about jingle bells, santa, etc etc
she keeps repeating to everyone that this is her favorite time of the year....
boy.... am i puzzled!


























but as soon as i overheard about getting presents....
christmas has also became my favorite time!!!! 
yeah!!!!


























and!
apart from getting presents, i also got to go to the mall! 
for the very first time!
this is my first time going out (other than seeing a lady whom mama and papa keep calling her as DR DR DR)!
.....  and i was dressed like a snowman.....  so many layers that i couldn't lift my arms up to show mama and papa how excited i am!





















strangely....  brother brownie and sister sugar stayed home....
and when we returned home, papa and mama rushed to give hugs to them...
and made the three of us sit still..............
hmmm from how papa was struggling with my stroller, i think i know why brother and sister needed to stay home....

anyway....
merry christmas to all!!!!
i luv christmas too!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

♥ glitter ♥






got myself this lovely christmas ornament from here
christmas + reindeer + glitters!
♥ ing it!

where are you *time*?

there are so many other things i wanna get my hands on
but there is just isn't enough time....





i got myself a stack of magazines but never really got the chance to flip pass the first few pages...























and i got new pieces of lace and a couple of tee-shirts
as i want to make my own lace-y tee's

next week
hopefully next week i can do so

a peaceful moment


and enjoying it.......

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥























♥ ing it!!!!!!!!!
♥ the little note - typed!!!
♥ the case - so vintage!!!  i feel like the coolest person when carrying it back home the other day!  hehe

thanks a trillion claudia!

Monday, December 20, 2010

busy nothing
























can't believe it has been nearly two months already!!!
when i first started my maternity leave, i thought to myself
"gee, four months of leave is really really extremely long!!!! 
i bet i will want to cut short my leave and return to work sooner."

but boy, how time really flies!
at the blink of an eye, two months have came and gone!
not long, i will be back to work!

and when i think of what i have done in the past two months,
it's really the same day in day out....
everyday, i nurse him, bathe him, change diapers, play with him, talk to him....
and all over again the next day....
my days now are measured by how many diapers i have changed, how many times he makes the cute "coo" sound, how many times he sneezes....

i feel like i haven't really "accomplish" much these two months...
as these experiences are different from how many projects i have completed at work, how many brooches i have made in my leisure time, etc etc.....

but one thing i feel more strongly and strongly as each day passes is that
these moments with little bb are the most precious moments...
each second spent with little bb is unique and will become our memories....
and surely very very fond memories....

amongst the many things we do together, my favorite "activity" is lying in bed with little bb every morning, holding him in my arms, sniffing his baby scent, patting him softly, watching him fall asleep in my arms.......  so close is the feeling... as if nothing can bring us apart. 

i am beginning to find that four months is not long enough..........

Thursday, December 16, 2010

quiet night


the tv is off
the music is on
playing my favorite christmas songs
aroma from vanilla scented candles filling up the house
little yellow lights flashing in the dark
i am enjoying a quiet night tonight.....

rare moments!

one crazy thought






with little bb's arrival, i want our house to feel more christmas-like than ever before....
i hope that christmas will become his favorite season and time of the year, just like me...

in addition to decorating the house,
i have a crazy thought just now.

what would it be like for me to prepare a christmas dinner for ourselves?
imagine the aroma of turkey, roast beef, ham, etc etc flowing from the kitchen to every corner of the house....
while we play christmas songs....
so warm!

it is a crazy thought though as i am probably the worst cook......
perhaps with a year of practicing, it will not be just a thought....
christmas next year perhaps?

 

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

first christmas



















it's little bb's first christmas!!!!

although we know little bb won't know what christmas is and won't be able to tell one thing from another yet....
we wanted to get a little something for him as christmas present..... really just to satisfy ourselves!

a musical mobile it is!

at the shop, my eyes were hunting for those in neutral colors..... white, cream, ivory....
needless to say, all my choices were disapproved by somotu!

"are you buying for yourself or for little bb?"
"babies need colors to stimulate their eyes!!!"

noted....  so i could only say "okok"

but we compromised to get one that does not come in sharp red, green, blue..........  hehehe...

the one we got also got projections of little animals..... and three different musical sounds.... and the best thing is that it can go on for 20 minutes non-stop! 

little bb seems to be enjoying his christmas present (oh yes... we couldn't wait till boxing day to open the present for him!)

Saturday, December 4, 2010

"i just wanna have a taste of..........."

as mentioned in my previous post,
brownie and sugar took a while to get used to little bb's arrival.

one of the funniest reactions was brownie wanting to have a taste of the milk we feed little bb.
actually we are not sure whether brownie really knows what's the white liquid inside the milk bottles which he saw us putting into little bb's mouth round the clock....
but we saw him very very interested at the milk bottles.

we have a little tray to hold all the used milk bottles....
what brownie would do was he would stand up, sniff the tray and milk bottles
and then he would start making crying sounds!  literally crying sounds!!!!

seeing him so "upset", we decided to try giving him milk.
we got little boxes of milk from the supermarket and poured into his eating bowl.....
within seconds, he would finished all the milk in the bowl!
he might very well pass as a cat!!!!

of course we didn't leave out sugar,
she also got her share of yummy milk.....

this pretending to be a cat thing didn't last for too long (luckily!  otherwise we would be really worried!)
as soon as brownie and sugar got used to little bb, they were back to their normal diet....
and the end of "being a cat"....

Friday, December 3, 2010

a little white christmas





























every year, i have a tough time choosing the color theme for christmas decoration at home...
all white?
red?
green?
silver?
or gold?

almost every year, i ended up with the same color theme... red + green...

this year, i found these cute little deco from muji which i find quite festive and peaceful when placed against the white wall and white cabinet.....

one decoration item which i want to get very much is a garland of lights....
i am yet to find one i like and will go with our decoration.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

happy birthday grandma!

today is our beloved grandma's 90th birthday.
we all went to her resting place to say happy birthday to her.

mom has prepared grandma's favorite dishes and dessert...
flowers were placed in vases....

i showed grandma pictures of little bb....

grandma, if you were still here, i am sure little bb would bring you lots of happiness and laughter.

we miss you.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

yeah!

released!!!!!
my confinement period is officially over today!

according to chinese traditions, i was supposed to stay home for the entire month after delivery of bb.
during this month, there are things to do and things not to do.
for instance, one is not supposed to wash hair and not to wash hands without ginger water for fear that "wind" may break in to the body.....  one is not supposed to go out......  one is not supposed to have cold drinks...........etc etc


i must confess that i have not been a good girl....
for a hygiene freak like me, the first thing i did on my day back home from the hospital was to wash myself thoroughly from head to toe.....  and i did it without the ginger water;
ginger water was prepared by the confinement lady but i seldom used it to wash my hands;
i went out a number of times on my own (with the excuse of needing to refill baby goodies);
i drank iced lemon tea;
i didn't always drink all the soup the confinement lady cooked for me.


now that the confinement period is over, i am making plans for the coming days...
tomorrow, it's my grandma's birthday.  we will go to grandma's resting place to pay respect and spend some time with her....
friday, will meet up with a friend and do some shopping....
but any plans i make will have to evolve around our little bb of course!  ^_^

oh and i have finally started exercising today....
i hope i will have the determination to do some exercise everyday!!

btw, it's finally december!!!!!!!!!!!!
my favorite favorite month!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

the three babies




















this little little one ~~

has changed from a sleepy little sheep to one that wants constant attention and cuddling.


it was only three weeks ago when you would just sleep eat peepee poopoo around the clock.
but now, in addition to these essentials, you are seeking for our attention.

every morning, around 8am, you make little sounds ("aa aa aa") which means it's cuddling time!
i will then bring you to our bed and have some you-and-me-only time....
"good morning bb..... "
not long, daddy will also wake up and becomes you-and-mama-and-papa time....
after awhile, you will start munching, putting your little hands into your mouth... which means it's meal time!


i love the morning you-and-me-only times! every night i go to sleep waiting for this time to come!
i love staring at your little chubby face really close up, kissing your cheeks and forehead....
i love smelling you! sniffing you! the baby smell! hmmm hmmmm!


every day around 5pm, you will become unusually alert as you know it's about time daddy comes home from work..... you must be waiting for the you-and-papa time!
once daddy is home, it's his turn to cuddle you and keep you entertained.

after sneezing, you like throwing in a cute little "aarhhh" sound....
i love this little "aarhhh" sound so much that i want to record it so that i can listen to it all the time!


your little hands and feet are growing stronger each day.....
sometimes you are strong enough to push mama's hands away!


mama also enjoys the bathing time..... especially when you stretch your little legs in your private little bath tub!
today, during bath time, you stretched and kicked your legs so much that you were able to push yourself up!

today, i noticed that you have started playing with your tongue....
and i am thinking of the day when you can say "mami and dadi"





as for the two other babies.... 
it took them awhile to get used to the new family member
which got us a bit worried at the beginning.


as brownie is usually the super friendly one while sugar is the one who is relatively timid,
we thought it would be sugar who would need some time to get used to the change.
to our surprise, it was brownie instead!

for the first couple of weeks after little bb came home,
brownie refused to eat and started peepee and poopoo-ing in sugar's peepee spot instead.
he wasn't agressive towards little bb, he just wanted to get really close to little bb and kiss kiss.
although we do let him get close to little bb, we didn't think little bb was ready for kiss yet.
i guess brownie wasn't happy.....

seeing brownie not eating, sugar slowly stopped eating as well.....

i think one of the other reasons for their behaviour is because i wasn't feeling all that well during my first couple of weeks back home from the hospital and wasn't able to cuddle both of them.....

as soon as i got better, i started spending more time with the two babies....
and daddy also took brownie to see our vet to make sure he is doing fine...

around the third week, the situation got better....
both are eating their normal portion now....






















sugar, the big sister....
now that she has gotten used to little bb,
she is playing "mama"...

everytime little bb cries, sugar will run to us and run back to where little bb is
as if she is telling us that little bb needs some caring.....

wherever little bb is, sugar likes to stay close to him...
and she likes to stand up and sniff around when little bb is either in his cot or the day bed.....




























brownie, the big brother....
i know that he has been wanting to give his little brother a kiss...
last saturday, he finally gave his kiss to little brother....
brownie seems to be very satisfied after the kiss....



Saturday, November 27, 2010

1

our little one is one month old today!!!

mama can't wait to take you to see the world outside!!!!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

my munchies
























mama can just stare at your little toes the whole day....
they are so tiny but chubby.....
and you like to keep them in so much motion
they really keep mama entertained.....

mama wants to munch on them!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

bath time ~ mama's first trial!!





















it's mama's first time giving a bath to little bb today!

little bb is so tiny and fragile in my mama's hands......
which made mama very nervous and that mama got aching shoulders afterwards!!!!

tomorrow, mama will practice some more under the supervision of the experienced!

for my shining star



















i made a small garland of glittering stars for the nursery the other day....
hoping that it will add a touch of christmas to the nursery and
also to share mama's favorite season with our little bb.....

i am still not supposed to go out yet
cuz according to chinese custom, i need to stay home for at least a month....
(although i must admit i have secretly went out a couple of times already!).

once the stay home period is officially over, i plan to rush to get christmas decorations for the house....
get christmas presents,
do a bit of shopping myself.....
how free!
oh and i AM GOING TO GET MY CUP OF COFFEE from my favorite coffee place!!!! yeah!

i am already thinking what it would be like to take our little baby out with us....
one thing for sure is that it will be quite hectic for us.... hehe

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

christmas is here!
























christmas!  my favorite season is just round the corner!
as this is little baby's first christmas with us
i want to do something different with the christmas decorations....

in the past, i used to start decorating the house in mid-nov....
as i just started settling down and feeling more comfortable
i can only start now....

this afternoon, i tried to look for ideas and tutorials for decorations....
the above is one of the decorations i came across which i like alot
found it here
would really love to be able to make one myself....

this is also adorable! 

let me know if you have any other ideas to share!

Monday, November 15, 2010

one little corner
























in preparation of our little one's arrival,
i got myself this vintage color illustration awhile ago.
it's a french rhyme from a book titled "Nursery Friends from France" which dated 1927....
i especially like the three little lambs.....

it has been sitting in my drawer until now.....
glad that it fits into one of my favorite frames nicely!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

thinking back



















the many many days and months during my pregnancy,

the thing i craved crazily for but wasn't allowed ~~ COFFEE!!!!
(though i must admit a *few* cups did sneak through when no one was watching.... wahahahaha)

food that i craved for constantly and was allowed to indulge ~~ fruits
for the first two trimester, i constantly craved for melon and cantaloupe.
then in the last trimester, it was strawberries.  i just couldn't have enough of them!
and they were super yummy when dipped into chocolate!

food that i was made to eat daily ~~ eggs (just the egg white)
and you can appreciate it didn't take me too long to become really scared of them....

the thing that i was most embarrassed about ~~ bigger feet...
because of bigger feet, most of the shoes became a bit tight. 
when i walked around in the office, i could hear "queak queak" sound from shoes being a bit tight....

the most dangerous thing i did ~~ running across the street with my high heels in the rain.
that day after lunch, rain started pouring down like crazy.
with no hand (hand full of takeaway lunch boxes, cell phone, etc) to open the umbrella in time, i ran across the street to get back to the office building.
it wasn't until my friend yelled at me to remind me that i was pregnant that i stopped running....
that day, i was still wearing high heels, 3 inches.....  hahaha

Friday, November 5, 2010

brownie & sugar



















with the arrival of little bb, not only do somotu and i have to adapt to the changes....
so do sugar and brownie....

everytime they hear little bb cries, makes funny noises,
they become very alert and keep sniffing around.....







especially sugar,
who likes to stand up and check out little bb...
i think she may have, by now, developed strong little hind legs with all the standing!






sniff sniff sniff......























we are trying to allow sugar and brownie into little bb's room (formerly, my zakka room... hahaha) and getting close to little bb as much as possible....
as we don't want both of them to feel left out.

i have heard stories about how pets feel left out and developed illness with the arrival of babies at home....
we don't want this to happen to them....

brownie & sugar, we love you the same.....

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

i am 1 week old today!




















and i received my first present from mama!
his name is fleece ~~~~  the beanie baby....

mama said fleece has been waiting for my arrival.....

mama said i need to be nice to fleece as fleece used to be mama's favorite plush....

i think we are going to be great buddies!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

a new chapter

baby andre and i finally got home yesterday....

there are so many moments to remember in the past week
that i need to sit down and jot they all down when i am feeling better....

his first touch
his first smile
his first drop of tear
his first burst of crying
his first time of trying to hold the milk bottle

up till today, i still feel like i am in a dream

and
most importantly,
we need to thank our family and all the dear dear friends
for their loving thoughts and prayers....
i have never felt so blessed before.

thank you....  love you all!


and
grandma ~ how much i wish you could be here to meet your great grandson....
but i know you are watching us and blessing us from above.
i miss you.....

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

curiosity got sugar
























this morning, while i was taking pictures of the cushion i made,
sugar came into the room with a pair of curious eyes.

i thought she was curious of the cushion.... something that might smell new to her....

(brownie, as you can see from above, was absolutely not curious and not interested about what's going on in the room)



























but no!   she wasn't interested in the cushion....
it was the squirrel which i placed next to the cushion!
curious sugar! 
but she seemed to be a bit shy.... 
i guess she's figuring out how to meet this new friend....



























hmmm...... still pondering what to say to her new friend....




























still couldn't think of what to say.....
so she stood up.... trying to get the attention of mr. squirrel



























trying to get closer..............



























and closer......
why not a hello-kiss???!





























well well....
okok let mama help you....
mama asked mr. squirrel to come down from the chair.....
that's so much mama could do for you.
sugar, you have to take it from here!


~~~~  i really find these few shots funny and cute ~~~~


actually i think i know why sugar is so curious and interested at mr. squirrel......
both got fluffy tails!!!!



comfy?

i found out that our helper is also a crafty person!
she used to make baby clothes, dog clothes, etc, etc....
one of the dog outfits she made has even won a contest!

most of the nights, she sits in her area doing cross-stitching.
the project she is working on now is HUGE in size!
when completed, it is the scene of a waterfall, lots of greens, flowers and birds....
she has been been working on it on and off for almost a year!
i am amazed by her patience!

i asked her what is she going to do with it when it is done...
she said probably framed it and give to a friend.....
really amazing!

i thought that the stool which she is sitting on is not that comfortable....
just imagine doing cross-stitches, looking at tiny tiny symbols and signs on the pattern sheet
while sitting on a not so comfy chair.....

so last night, i tried making a cushion with cushion cover.....


























this is what i ended up making....
i think it looks alright.
i used four different types of fabrics for the back, front and inside.
added a piece of lace and ribbon as decoration.






















i am particulary happy to find a good use for this lace-look-alike piece of fabrics.....
it has been sitting in my drawer for too long....



























and the back....

she said it is comfy..... i hope it is....

enjoying

brownie is unusually attached to me today............
usually he is more attached to somotu
but today, he chooses to sit next to me for a long time
and keeps licking my hand....

i m loving it!

Monday, October 25, 2010

but not for *you*



















i didn't really like the last padded bag i made for the polaroid....
so this afternoon, i set off to make a new one.
this time, i used quite a bit of different pieces of lace.
color theme is neutral + a hint of black....
and a bit of paris..... by hand-stamping french scripts and the signature eiffel tower....




























the end product......






















amongst the different pieces of lace i used for this bag,
this is the most "vintage" looking piece....
which i bought online awhile ago.
most of the rest of the lace were from the lace center in tokyo.
i have been quite reluctant to use them....
but i guess they may be happier finding themselves useful than sitting in the dark inside my drawer.....






















added a little water pearl....























.....  and added a piece of the lace monogram with the letter *A*
again, i have been reluctant to use the monograms in my projects....
but then, again, better let it see sunlight.....


didn't take me as long as i thought it would to finish this padded drawstring bag....
the only problem was.............
my polaroid couldn't fit in the bag!!!!!!!!!!!
ooopppsssssssssss
it turned out the measurement i took was wrong!!!!!!
hahaha

hmmmm
i was holding the bag staring at it, thinking what to do with it.....
then i caught sight of my other camera.....
luckily the camera could fit nicely in the bag......

well i guess, my dear polaroid,
you will have to wait.....