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Monday, February 2nd, 2004
12:14 am
Anselm's nose bleed!
Hi all,

Today is the second time in a week that Anselm has nose bleed. The bleeding stops within minutes and don't seems to bother him. But it bothers us...we're worried about the cause and effect of such nose bleed.

We thought maybe it is because Anselm is 'heaty'? Any idea anyone?

Current Mood: anxious
Monday, December 8th, 2003
1:30 am
Anselm's first birthday
Here is one photo from Anselm's birthday party on the 6th of Dec.



We were really very tired during the preparation and the clear-up later. There were just too much to do.

Anyway, Anselm was pretty happy during the party as many people were there playing with him. At the same time, he is also very tired - having to 'entertain' all the guests that came to celebrate with him.

Anselm received many toys from all the aunites and uncles that came. As for us, we are still having the hang-over from the party....

Thank you for all your well wishes, hugs and kisses for Anselm. :)

Current Mood: exhausted
Friday, December 5th, 2003
12:20 pm
Anselm's birthday is coming...
Since Paul changed his job in October, I have been very busy…trying out new routine. I used to wait for Paul to come home to bath Anselm but nowadays he has to work very late, so everything has to be done by me alone. I am getting the hang of it now…

Paul’s job needs a car, so nowadays we have a car to travel around and that makes us very busy too and spends more money!!! ; )
But this job is not that stable and his boss is terrible and bossy! (he is the one who introduce him to the job and also his ex-colleague) Have to start looking for new 'lobang' liao...

Btw, Anselm’s birthday is tomorrow!!! This is a last minutes planning have been busy with too many things and so if you happen to be free, do drop by at Block 258 Boon Lay Drive 8th floor from 2.30pm to 6pm. Don’t worry about gift. Your presence is a gift itself…understand what I mean… ;) God bless you all
Friday, October 24th, 2003
12:13 am
Super Baby Food book
We intend to buy this book - 'Super Baby Food' by Ruth Yaron. This is a very good book that help me to prepare meals for Anselm. I have borrowed the book from the library and found it to be good, so we decided to buy and keep a copy of it.

A company in Singapore had a promotion for this book for a 20% discount, so it will cost around $31/=
The promotion actually ended yesterday, but dh managed to convince them to extend the offer for us. So if any one of you are interested, we can buy the books together for you and you could enjoy the discount too. Let us know by this Sat. BTW, we are not making any profit from this, so please self collect the book from our home in the West.
Wednesday, October 22nd, 2003
11:36 pm
Some photos to share
No time to write story, so just upload a small pictorial...


Anselm: "Give me a Five!"


Can't think of a caption for this one...any suggestions?


This is the result of an on-going economic crisis. (Mommy's home-made tunnel)


Anselm:"What happened to my face?"


Anselm:"Humm.humm...let's see what might taste good in here."

Current Mood: indescribable
Sunday, October 19th, 2003
12:00 am
A short update
This is Paul updating. It’s been quite a long while since our last update. That’s because both of us have been really busy, with me having changed job since this month. I’m now in a more stressful working environment doing sales, and my American boss had set very high quota for this year. Gone were the days when I could simply surf the web and updating LJ during office hour in my own room. Annabella have been busy forming a play group in our church, which start this Sunday. In any case, we’ll try to update our journal once in-a-while.

Back to our baby Anselm. He is now 10 months plus and is progressing pretty ok, but not fantastic though. He could now clap his hands (especially when he is excited while listening to the 'Hi-5' song), and walk slowly with the aid of furniture. Anselm could also squat and get down from the mattress and the sofa bed on his own without too much trouble. Anselm loves to walk around the house, so we had to hold his hands to allow him to do that. He would get angry if we don’t hold his hand when he raises them up for his ‘walk-walk’.

Just like to share 2 photos here, one with him clapping his hand and the other his ‘walk-walk’ session before going to church.





Current Mood: cheerful
Monday, September 15th, 2003
11:09 pm
Another positive feature story about Breastfeeding
Just to share with you guys that there is yet another positive publicity for Breastfeeding in Singapore. The Singapore Women's Weekly (Oct issue) features a story about breastfeeding mums. Three moms were featured: Gerry, Gwynne and me. In the article, we voiced our personal experiences about breastfeeding in public. We hope that through this article, more mothers would be influenced to make a choice to breastfeed their babies. If you have a chance to get hold of a copy of The Weekly, you could check us out on page 146 of the magazine.

Anyway, the following is one of several shots taken at the studio.

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2003
10:42 pm
Anselm could finally crawls
Whew! Finally, our little Anselm could crawl. For the past 2 weeks, he showed signs of crawling, but his butt is just too heavy (or he was too lazy to lift it up), and he hardly make any headway. Today marks a milestone for Anselm as the date that he graduated into full scale crawling. Now, he could even crawl over our bodies, and when he reaches his destination, he would try to stand up and smiles.

Initially, we were worried that Anselm might not crawl and go straight into walking. We learn that that is not good for his development. We read from somewhere that babies must crawl before walking so as to enhance his learning ability. Whether that is true or not, it's sure a comfort to us now that he is crawling to his heart's content.
Wednesday, August 27th, 2003
11:10 pm
Thanks for all your well wishes
To all you nice friends out there, we say "Thank you for all your get-well wishes and concerns". It is really great to know all of you and it is wonderful what this virtual community can do to provide such emotional support. We are comforted and encouraged by all your comments and suggestions. Keep them coming.

Anyway, Anselm's fever has gone down but his forehead is still quite warm. For most part of today, he was his normal self, but in the last few hours he was quite cranky. We really didn't know what he wanted when he kept making noise. When we put him on the floor, he wanted to stand up - then we realised that he still wanted to play. Anselm was happier when we allowed him to stand while holding on to his small table. The following pic was how he looked just about an hour ago.



Current Mood: thankful
Tuesday, August 26th, 2003
11:09 pm
Having a fever
Anselm is having a fever today :(


This is the first time that he is having a fever for no reason - and that made us nervous. His fever started at about mid-day today, and his temp went between 37.7 to 38.4. I gave him half a tablet of baby panadol and put wet towel on his head and neck. Also called hubby, and he said to monitor his temp regularly after taking such measure, and he will try to come back early. Poor Anselm is just not his normal self, and is not as active. He's also being drinking bm almost non-stop from 4 pm till about 6.30 pm when hubby came home.

When hubby touched Anselm's forehead, he felt that Anselm is really having a high fever, and decided to see a baby doctor as soon as possible. So, we went to a paed at Jurong Point (so glad that the clinic opens in the evening from 7 to 9), and the lady doc said that Anselm probably caught a virus that is affecting quite a number of babies that she has seen. His temp was 38.5 but she said Anselm looks quite alright at the moment, so no big cause for concern. However, she also said that the virus is quite potent and Anselm could progress to having running nose and 'Lau Sai'. Just a moment ago, he had taken his medication and is alseep. Let's hope Anselm will be well tomorrow. In the meantime, we hope you guys should be careful about taking your baby to crowded places, since the doc said that the bug is in the air. So please take care.

Current Mood: sick
Tuesday, August 19th, 2003
12:17 am
Recent photos of Anselm
We would like to thank Peter Ong (Ethan's daddy) for taking the following photos for Anselm during the recent picnic orgainsed by the Breastfeeding Mothers Support Group. We think Peter is a great photographer, who times and frames his shots very well and effectively. I'm sure you guys would agree with us too.

We also gives Peter top marks for having done a great and good looking journal for baby Ethan.





Current Mood: thankful
Wednesday, August 13th, 2003
12:14 am
Anselm on the PC
Inspired by laurapoon, we also would like to share about Anselm's 'computing experience'. These pics were taken in May. Anselm is always excited whenever he is brought infront of the PC.



Today I touched Anselm's gum and felt something sharp pocking on my finger!!! It is his pearly! That is why he droops more recently and wakes more for nursing at night...

Current Mood: excited
Wednesday, August 6th, 2003
11:28 pm
Anselm's 8 month birthday
Well, it's seems like our babies are celebrating their birthdays one after the other. Today is Anselm's 8 months birthday!
We're glad and thank God that all is well and Anselm is happy about his special day today. Hubby was somehow in a mood to celebrate our son's birthday, and he bought him a small birthday cake as well as a lovely little present - a nice little Nemo pillow!

Presenting the birthday boy...
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Current Mood: happy
Sunday, July 27th, 2003
1:00 am
World Breastfeeding Week celebration
Yes, kicking off the celebration for WBW is event no 1 - "The BREASThing to Life" conference cum nursing-out march. The media coined a theme for us - "Breast is best". See the press report on today's Sunday Times. (A photo of Anselm's back was published in the news article)

Indeed it was a great Saturday morning for everyone who took part in the ‘nursing-out march’ jointly organised by the Breastfeeding Mothers Support Group in Singapore & La Leche League of Singapore.

The morning started with a conference session where both Presidents of the 2 support groups giving a sharing on their mission and activities to assist breastfeeding mothers.

A consultant from the KK Hospital also gave a briefing, followed by personal sharing of breastfeeding experiences from Wendy Jacobs (Mrs Singapore 2003) Constance Seek (Ms. United Nations).


After the showcase of various breastfeeding mothers, the conference took a break, where reporters seize the opportunity to conduct personal interviews.

This is Gurmit's dd standing next to her mom with a message "I've got the BREASThing to life"


Before the march, all participants gathered for a photo session for the press, and off we went.


Leading the march were Wendy and Constance together with the other mothers while Gurmit and his family took their time.

The march ended at the Olio Dome café at the Singapore Art Museum where breastfeeding moms were told to pose for the press. As seen in this photo, the Mediacorp camera man was filming Anselm with the message on his back.


Straits Times photographer hunting for his next shot


Gurmit Singh was asked to crack a joke for all the mothers there, and he went "huh?"


Wanting to take a picture with Gurmit but was too shy to ask, so I did the next best thing - stand next to his family :)


This event was reported in the news programmes of Channel News Asia, Channel 5 & 8 on Saturday (with Anselm and I appearing for 1 second), and on The Sunday Times. We all felt it was a successful event, and the objective of raising awareness for breastfeeding was achieved.

Current Mood: accomplished
Thursday, July 24th, 2003
11:59 pm
Happy as can be
Tonight, for some reasons, Anselm is pretty happy and playful. Maybe it's because he's got enough sleep in the day, and does not intend to go to bed so soon. He likes to stand on the table and makes all kind of funny sound at us. Just wondering what was Anselm trying to tell us...


Current Mood: bouncy
Wednesday, July 23rd, 2003
10:21 pm
World Breastfeeding Week 2003
For those who are unaware, I would like to inform that the Breastfeeding Mothers Support Group (S) is organising a special event to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week 2003 this coming Saturday, 26 July at 10 a.m.

The main theme is 'The BREASThing to Life', featuring - a Showcase Parade + Nursing-out March.

For more details, please visit this web page

Dh, Anselm and I will be there, and I really hope to see you guys coming along to support this event if you really believe in breastfeeding. Ms Wendy Jacobs will be there too.

Do encourage your friends and family to come along too. :) See U!
Monday, July 21st, 2003
12:31 am
Apple
As usual, Anselm is always excited when he sees us eat something. Tonight is no exception...mommy is eating her apple and Anselm is keen to join in the makan as well, so here goes...an apple for him to taste.


Anselm seems satisfied after that and pretend to be good and attentive when mommy read his bedtime story.


Current Mood: calm
Friday, July 18th, 2003
11:27 pm
Our messy bedroom
Here's a view of our private space...thought we should be bold enough to share it with you guys.



We've got two queen-size bed together so lots of space for Anselm to roll around if he so desire. We also put some toys there to entertain him. As you can see, education is also part of the rountine here. Anyway, this is our comfort zone, and we just love every moment when the 3 of us are together on the bed in the evenings. As Anselm is still being fully breastfed, this sleeping arrangement is the best for us, even though it is kind of too messy.

Current Mood: content
Thursday, July 17th, 2003
11:14 pm
DH day off
Being a major Korean public holiday today, dh got a day off as well, as he works for a Korean organisation. Yeah! I'm happy to have him helping out and we're going out with Anselm.

We borrowed the car from dh's brother-in-law. First stop was to a Kodak Express shop to take a passport photo of myself and Anselm! This shop opposite Tiong Bahru Plaza belongs to dh's friend, so we got a discount and the best service there. I'm renewing my pp and would like to include Anselm as well. We're just standing by, because we might be able to tag along with dh to Korea in Sept while he is on an official trip. After taking the photos, we were going to SIR building, but then we forgot one important document - Anselm's birthcert! Gosh, no way they are going to let me make the pp w/o that. Anyway, here's how we both look:

Since we couldn't go to make our pp, we went across to TB Plaza and have lunch instead. There are some relatively new restaurants on the 2nd floor, and after walking one round, we decided to try Sakae Sushi. We shared one Unagi Don and some sushi dishes while our Anselm slept soundly in the sling. Overall, the $30 meal was quite a good value, and we are satisfied with it.

Next stop - SGH specialist clinic. Dh made a follow-up visit for a Colonoscopy done in March. Thank God that all is well for him, and to return in 6 months for a follow up. While dh is in the clinic, Anselm and I were in the small library behind the pharmacy. He was obviously enjoying himself sitting on a very comfortable chair, look:
Anselm was so cute. When I put the visitor sticker into his palm, he kept opening and closing his hand as if trying to catch that thing in his hand. He must be thinking - hey, what's that? Humm...


Next stop - to my cousin's house to visit her since she has just given birth to a baby boy 3 weeks ago. Her baby is so cute.


Next stop - back to Bt Batok to return car, and to have dinner with my BIL and family. This 'zhi cha' coffee shop near to Mac is quite cheap - selling 3 dishes and one soup for $19.80 (good for 4 persons).

Now we are back home and Anselm is sound asleep after a tiring day for him.

Good night our sweet Anselm...daddy and mommy love you.


Current Mood: pleased
12:40 am
Double eyelid
This is a precious photo of Anselm having one double eyelid.



We were thrilled last week when we realised that he has a double eyelid that didn't go away for 1 day, then 2 days, then 3 days, and counting...well, guess what? We were really keeping our fingers crossed all these while, and finally on the 8th day, it disappeared! Oh, we're so sad :( that Anselm's double eyelid is gone.
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