Monday, August 31, 2009

Visit from relatives in KL

Jimmy, Margaret and their children Jerica, Malcolm and Justin, came down to spend Merdeka Day with us. Richard's parents also came down with Richard's sister, Mary, so we had a happy full house.

This is Ryan having a suck on some melon during family dinner at Aquamarine last night. He had some honeydew and some rockmelon.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Food adventures

These are unsalted wheat-free brown rice wafers.

In other news, Ryan's second (bottom) tooth is erupting!

Sunday, August 23, 2009


After Gymboree, we went to Jumbo Seafood Restaurant at Dempsey for lunch.

We went to Barcelos at Vivocity yesterday for dinner. Ryan joined us at the table as usual and we let him try the chicken meat from our soup.

This morning we went to the hawker centre at Tiong Bahru market and Ryan had the julienned carrots from our breakfast. (Yes, he is wearing the same top from yesterday...)

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Seven months old!

Ryan had his follow up eye check with Dr Pauline Cheong today. He was sedated this time so both he and I had a much less stressful time. Everything is fine, no problems at all.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Meetup with Terri

Today we met up with Terri who is in Singapore for a few days on business. She came bearing lovely gifts from Germany - an Angel AX27N glockenspiel (made in Korea) and a beautiful handcrafted wooden toy from Selecta Germany. Thank you Terri!

In other news, Ryan's first (bottom) tooth is erupting!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Trip to KL - Part 6

We drove back to Singapore yesterday. Ryan had a slight temperature when he woke up so we let him sleep it off and he was fine when he woke up this morning. We enjoyed our trip very much and are already looking forward to our next one!

Here's a photo taken yesterday when he woke up with a slight temperature. Doesn't look too bad huh?

Friday, August 14, 2009

Trip to KL - Part 5

Richard's mum had her minor surgical procedure done today and everything went well.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Trip to KL - Part 4

Met up with Oi Lin and Kar Yee today for dinner at New Paris restaurant in SS2. These are some of the gorgeous photos that Kar Yee took.

Two significant milestones today. First one, Ryan went for his first swim in a swimming pool. All the previous sessions in the baby swimming tub must have built up his water confidence for he was very comfortable kicking and splashing about. He was a little fussy at first because the water was cold but once he adjusted to it, he had no problems at all.

After the swim, Richard dried Ryan off and put dry clothes on for him. That's when Ryan suddenly said "Papa!" very loudly! Richard couldn't stop grinning!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Trip to KL - Part 2

Sleeping in - one of the luxuries of being on holiday.

We had dinner with Ryan's granduncle Peter and his family and Ryan's maternal great grandmother last night. It was a very enjoyable night, so much so that I forgot to take photos, which I actually really wanted to do.

In other news, as we don't have a baby bathtub in our KL place, we have been standing Ryan up in the big bathtub and hosing him down with the showerhead - he absolutely loves it!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Trip to KL - Part 1

We had planned to spend the week of Singapore National Day in KL in order to attend to some matters pertaining to our properties there. Coincidentally, we were told that Richard’s mother had scheduled a minor operation for herself that week so we were happy that we would be there with her during that time.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Baby swimming and baby massage

After Ryan's swim today, he had a relaxing rub-down. He looked like he enjoyed it!

When Ryan is feeling excited and happy, he will stuff his fist and fingers into his mouth. He will bounce up and down and let out shrieks of joyous laughter. When we see him like that, it is impossible not to smile and laugh along.

Ryan and I met up with the mummies at Haagen Daz for some ice-cream happiness. Here are the lovely photos taken by a daddy who joined us.

I don't remember who took this photo - this is Ryan with Annie's son, Kyan.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Food adventures

More cucumber.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Food adventures

Mini rice cakes at dinnertime. This is the first processed food that I've bought for Ryan. I made several visits to several shops and read all the food labels on their products before finally settling on these mini rice cakes.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Your Baby Can Read?

Ryan hardly watches television, simply because Richard and I don't watch much television, and even when the television set is on, Ryan doesn't pay much attention to it. We do, however, have one set of DVDs for Ryan to watch. It is a programme to teach babies to read and it's called, what else, "Your Baby Can Read". The parent is supposed to watch the DVD together with the baby and read the words out aloud and do the accompanying actions. We started Ryan on this programme when he was about a month old and, at first, he didn't want to sit through the entire show. Gradually, he started paying more and more attention and lately, he's even been smiling and grinning at certain parts.

Generally however, I think that he's getting bored of it. Here he is watching the programme, looking very much like he would rather be doing something else.

[Update: We stopped using this programme after a few months because, for various reasons, we did not feel that this approach was right. It was actually this moment in this photo which convinced me that we should stop. Please read this post for our reasons.]

We had lunch at the Tanglin Mall food court before Ryan's Gymboree session. Again, we gave Ryan the sliced cucumber that came with our chicken rice. Again, none of it was actually eaten, but I think he got some juice out of it.

Here are some photos from today's Gymboree session.

The first thing we noticed when Ryan moved up to Level 2 was that his nametag is now stuck on his back (Level 1 nametags go on the baby's blanket).

Daddy is the wind beneath his wings...har har har.

I think he likes this exercise. He can spend quite a long time doing this.

Tired out after the class

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Food adventures

We went for dinner before Ryan's swimming session and Ryan had a slice of cucumber which came with our meal. He gave it lots of tender love and left it more or less intact. No eating before swimming!

Proof that Ryan is his daddy's son - his eyelashes. Yet another misleading clue to his gender.

Many people have asked how Ryan takes to our pets, Max the dog and Tiger the cat. (Many people have also asked how Max the dog and Tiger the cat take to each other, but that's another story.)

Anyway, Ryan is quite interested in the pets. Whenever they walk past him, Ryan will stop whatever he's doing and watch them intently. Ryan shows no signs of fear of them whatsoever. He accepts, observes and learns about them, in the same way that he accepts, observes and learns about everything in this brand new world of his.

On their part, the pets have accepted Ryan in their lives as well. Most amazingly, Max has understood that Ryan is part of the family - Max has always been protective and fiercely possessive of me to the point that he doesn't like it if another dog comes near me. But, he welcomed Ryan into the family and he occasionally gives Ryan a sniff and a lick. Tiger was a little freaked out the first few times he heard Ryan crying - he thought it was another cat! But he's all adjusted now and he largely ignores Ryan because Ryan's lap isn't big enough for him to curl up in.

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