Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Christmas Gifts for Little Girls :)

Christmas Gifts

I've had the hardest time thinking up gifts for Alexa (to play fair). Miranda's seemed to have gotten all the big purchases - the kitchen, the dollhouse etc. The cubby house, while a gift for them both, was more age appropriate for only Miranda at the time as Alexa was only 3 months old then. Of course, in the end, they both play with the stuff and Miranda doesn't ever say those things belong to only her so it's not like they both know better. But. The Guilt.

This year, Miranda wrote to Santa asking for 3 things - a keyboard, a (play) make-up set and sparkly play-doh. She also still wants that Swan book even though I've told her it's for 9-10 year olds.

Alexa doesn't know how to ask for things for herself yet but we know she will love a wooden cot for her all her baby dolls as well as accessories and a carrier for them. Miranda is going to get Alexa that baby bath set "with her own money" as "Alexa will surely love that". And obviously, a book for Lexie too - we love Chris Haughton!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Alexa Cherie 25 months

This little girl has her Mummy and Daddy wrapped around her little finger. She has brought so much joy to our home and I honestly feel like she has been the best gift to Miranda.

Polar opposites would be the best way to describe her personality versus her big sister's. Such a strong little human, always knowing how to exact her thoughts and manipulate us even though she's not the most fluent speaker. Yet.

Alexa was a sweet and placid as a baby. She was so easy to look after and we always thought it was because we were now parents second time around and were just a lot more easy-going so the baby was following our lead. Turns out she was just biding her time!

Ever since she turned 1 and found her little legs, she has become the cheekiest little girl. She is a prankster through and through. I always thought Miranda was a cheeky baby, what with her severely infectious giggles, which she still has till this day. Obviously, either I didn't know what cheeky meant or I hadn't met this child to define the word properly. 

I think we created both babies in equal proportion to ourselves sometimes - Miranda is 80% me and 20% Dwayne while Alexa is 80% Dwayne and 20% me. 

Because we had it so super easy with Miranda, Dwayne once asked if I would prefer if Alexa was more like Miranda. I said, no, because that would mean Miranda is my favourite child. And I honestly don't. She can be challenging but I love it. She is also not so much naughty as she is cheeky so it's hard to get mad at her. 

She loves to bully her big sister with all the hair pulling, the hitting and pinching but as much as she does that, she also regularly goes to cuddle and kiss Miranda, asking her to play together. She runs as soon as she hears the doorknob turn when Miranda gets home. She will run to hug her and then take her hands to ask if they can play.

Alexa doesn't enjoy puzzles, she doesn't know the alphabet, she could not name all the colours if you asked her or all the animals even. But I have learned that it's because she chooses not to.

Unlike Miranda, she has quick reflexes, can kick and throw a ball and is basically a daredevil who loves baby dolls.  - All things Miranda did not care for.

She wants in on anything the family is doing - dancing, singing, playing a game, watching a movie etc. She makes a big effort with these activities and wants you to know she's present.

Lexie is really affectionate and often tells us, "Mummy/ Daddy, aahn youuu (I want you)". She always tries things until she gets it and never looks sheepish when she does something wrongly. At most, she will just dismiss it and say, "Ohhh. Ya ya ya."

She loves books and especially favours Little Pookie. I think it's just because Sandra Boynton is a fantastic children's writer. 

She loves dress-up, her baby dolls, Frozen and The Good Dinosaur. 

It's bittersweet watching her grow because I know she will be our last one. All these experiences will never come again and while it doesn't make me want to have another kid, it does make me want to be able to freeze time sometimes.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Alexa's Spring Wish List

Alexa's Spring wish List

Patch bomber jacket and white overalls from Bardot Junior, Baby Stan Smith kicks from Hype DC, all books from Book Depository, Schleich Bayala figurines, Janod puzzle and doctor's kit from DiscountToyCo.

Miranda's Spring Wish List

Miranda's Spring Wish List


Bomber jacket and dress overalls from Bardot Junior, Nike roshe run kicks from Hype DC, all books from Book Depository, Schleich Bayala figurines from DiscountToyCo & Lego from Target.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

In the Mornings

I'm always in the kitchen doing a million things on weekday mornings but I'd hear her footsteps some days, like rustling leaves against the floorboards. As she reaches the end of the hallway, she'd stop and wait, look in on me and say, "Good morning, mama."

I'm always startled by Miranda's use of "mama" recently. Copying her sister's way of calling me now. It might go back to "Mommy" soon enough but I sort of hope not.

Some days she wakes first and some days the little one wakes first. And when Alexa does, I'm not allowed to let her down until I have held her and walked around for at least 15 minutes. 

And then when she's having her breakfast at her little table and watching a show on TV, she'd come every 5 minutes and hug and kiss my thigh, go back to what she's doing and repeat this until she's done with breakfast. She'll come to me and tell me she's "inish" and tip-toe to place her bowl on the kitchen benchtop.

Even though the morning routine is often harried, these little things don't go unnoticed. I miss them as soon as I'm on the train and all alone. No more stories, no more hand tugging or heart tugging -- until 9 hours later.


Sunday, April 3, 2016

On Good Friday, I ran only my second run this year, 6K and on Easter Monday, I ran my first 10K of the year. It felt really good, knowing that I still could go the distance and that it didn't kill me. 

Those public holidays and the extra time that we got was such a huge bonus for us. We got to do what we actually want. For a while, we tried to run during the weekends and while doable, it just meant less time for other things - like time with the kids, cooking, organizing for the week. 

I'm a lucky wife - I try to go for Pilates twice a week and although it's at the expense of time with the kids, D encourages me. There are days when I feel like a chef - all I need to do is put food on the table and he's happy to be with the kids. It's a team effort, after all. Uh, happy wife, happy life? :P

He's got himself into a soccer thing with some guys on Friday nights too now. :)

People who don't have kids/ have help with kids don't know how easy they have it, honestly. Ourselves, pre-kids, included.

I saw this comic the other day:


Granted those women at the end are expressing sour grapes because dude, you gotta acknowledge the work (!!!) but I'm just thinking, her kids must have slept well.

Miranda and Lexie are our on our bed at that time most days and between trying to get enough space to sleep and Lexie crying every 20 mins during her teething phases or bouts of illnesses - oh man. If I so much as move to my side, she would start on her whinging. 

I'd like to say I can't wait till they are older but the other day, I imagined them older and a chill ran down my spine. No. Stay babies, please. For a while longer.


Monday, March 7, 2016

30

In the beginning of the year, I was so full of hope that this year was the year I would be reading at least 30 books. 

Well, guess what? It's March and I've finished all of ONE book.

So here we go again - another list and hoping, praying that I will read all of them this year. I will cross them off as I go along and I have left some books out simply because I cannot find anything else I want to read as yet. Any recommendations, you guys?

1. The Sixth Extinction
2. Station Eleven
3. The Secret History
4. These Things Happen
5. The Husband's Secret
6. A Little Life
7. The Luminaries
8. The Goldfinch
9. Purity
10. Did You Ever Have A Family
11. This Is How You Lose Her
12. Mislaid
13. Not That Kind of Girl
14. A Spool of Blue Thread
15. Brother of the More Famous Jack
16. The September Girls
17. Seven Streets of Liverpool
18. Colorless Tsukura Tazaki & His Years of Pilgrimage
19. Pride & Prejudice
20. Life After Life
21. A God In Ruins
22. Less Than Zero
23. The Year of the Runaways
24. The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Society
25. The Green Road
26. Me Before You
27. After You
28. Lights Out At Liverpool
29. Put Out The Fires
30. Through The Storm

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Autumn

Autumn

Sometimes, having four seasons is quite nice. You remember certain events based on the season of that particular year. Like, how Miranda was born on a beautiful spring day in 2011 and Alexa... on a stormy spring day in 2014! And how we've spent winters away on holidays (best time because Melbourne in spring/ summer can't be beat!).
But the downside, especially when you have kids, is when you have to constantly update their wardrobes according to the season and it's so incredibly expensive since they grow out of clothes so quickly. You need summer PJs and winter PJs, tights/ socks, sandals/ boots, singlets/ LS tops. 
So here we are, waiting for good sales! C'mon Witchery and Seed!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

My Favourite Girls

Just realized the past few posts have all been wishlists or gift lists. Like, what is this - A list blog? =.=

The girls are growing up so quickly and I thought it's time for me to do a little update here before more time passes and I forget how they are like at this age!

Miranda is your regular four year old going on 14. She's so quick and witty and she amazes me all the time. The way she talks, I think, is typically me but I guess has Dwayne's influence too. 

There's just so much to do with her and so little time these days. Every day, we try to do something new, like a little bit of math, sight words, we read books like the See Inside series (before the usual kid lit to sustain her interest) for some science, puzzles, brainteasers, a whole of art (her favourite) and games (my favourite). I know it may seem like a bit too much but there's nothing that we force on her if she doesn't enjoy it. On top of everything, she just loves her dance lessons. After a long time of saying she wants to be a ballerina, she now frequently changes her desired occupation.  And she has also expressed her desire to join gymnastics. 

In a few weeks, Dwayne and I will be going for school open houses to see which one would be best suited for her. I have a major gripe about the schools around our area though. Most of them only offer Italian as a second language. I do wish they had a few to choose from. As it is, she has ballet on Saturday mornings and I would hate to let her take up something else during the weekend. We are both working parents and it is already so hard to find the time to spend with these two cuties. Weekends are more precious than ever!








Alexa is a little firecracker. She is so strong-willed and independent. She is the same and the oppositeof her sister in so many ways. They are both happy girls, always trying to be funny in some way. Where Miranda is a perpetual giggler, Alexa makes you sort of work for it. Miranda tends to be shy in front of strangers and especially men but Alexa will give you the biggest smile and is friendly to all, especially babies. 

She ADORES babies and she has 3 little baby dolls that she alternates bringing everywhere. She even takes one to bed and when she cries from her cot in the middle of the night for us to bring her to our room, she has her doll right under the crook of her arm, ready to go with her. She gets a tad jealous when I'm carrying someone else's baby though - she will keep coming to my legs, hugging me and putting her head in between or on them. 

She's started saying a few words and carries out instructions very well. She also loves her big sister very much, even though she bullies her like nothing on earth - constantly pulling her hair, hitting her and taking her stuff. Lucky thing is that Miranda is extremely patient with her and will only strike back very rarely (and poor thing usually gets scolded when it happens!). 

Alexa likes to copy Miranda. Whatever Miranda has, she wants. Whatever Miranda does, she will do. It's a good and bad thing but it's alright.

She is going to start daycare in a matter of weeks. For me, it is not ideal seeing as she can't talk properly yet but family logistics call for it. My father-in-law and I are trying to convince ourselves that it will be a good thing because she's a lot more sociable than Miranda and will thrive while there.

For now, I'm a wreck just thinking about it but, we'll see! Crossing fingers!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016



Miranda: You look kinda pretty today, Mommy.

Me: Kinda pretty? What does that even mean? Supposed to be a compliment or not?

Miranda: Well.... It means, you look like a pretty princess going to work.



Hmm.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Things for Momma

Things for Momma


Besides my want of a thousand books, (actually I made a pledge on Goodreads to read at least 30 this year) these are the only other things I want/ need :

Lingerie - more and more please. So happy to done with nursing - and so is The Husband, who gifted me quite a few pairs for Christmas - yay!
Lipsticks - In lots of hues, please! I used to collect eye shadow but who has time for that now? One swipe of lipstick and it makes a look. (Pictured is Charlotte Tilbury's Lost Cherry)
Body wash - I'm not really into perfume but give me good body wash any day.  It's one of those things I always change and I don't mind spending a little more for that luxurious feeling in the shower. 
Sunglasses - I'd love this pair from Quay Australia for winter. 
Cross body bag - Just a simple, black one like this Rebecca Minkoff.
Over the knee boots - Got a crap pair last year. I bought it cheaply at ASOS because I was unsure of the trend - they looked good but the friction on them was next to nothing so I've thrown them out. I swear I never learn.
There are always things I want for myself but I never quite get around to getting them any more because the kids' stuff are deemed more important. 
Which they are... but it's also good to look after me.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Wish List!

Books


Both the girls got a ton of books for Christmas. Alexa doesn't know any better but while Miranda initially was not too thrilled, we've already made way with half of the gifted books and she is definitely enjoying them. I've arranged Alexa's books on two lower shelves of the bookcase for easy access and she loves going there to bring something back for us to read to her. It's such a joy to see her settle on my lap and point to the book on hand. She also tries to imitate sounds when there is a rhyme going on. Of course, the downside (small problem) is that a lot of the books are on the floor by the time I get home because she is busy helping herself to the bigger board books on her own as well!

But you know what, we can never have too many books and I can't wait to slowly collect all the above books for them this whole year - or sooner, please! The problem is I have such a love of hardbacks now and they can be quite expensive. They are so beautiful, though, and so much better for kids, as board books are for the even littler ones!

My selection for Miranda:

Fortunately The Milk Ran Out - Can't go wrong with this Neil Gaiman!
This Is Hong Kong - This is another series that we slowly but surely need to collect. Seeing as how we've already been there, it'd be nice for her to learn more about HK.
See Inside:Under The Sea - These are without a doubt, my favourite series of books for her. We already have Space, Planet Earth, The Body and every single one teaches so much! 
The Twelve Dancing Princesses - Something for Miranda to indulge in.
Once Upon An Alphabet - Another goodie from Oliver Jeffers, one of our favourite authors.

My selection for Alexa:

Pat The Bunny - Alexa loves her touchy-feely books.
A Little Bit of Oomph - After the success of Beautiful Oops, which she adores, we have to get this.
Polar Bear - Eric Carle!
A Bit Lost - We'd like this one purely based on the cover. Gah!
Things that Go - Lift the flaps and coloring in one? Yes!

I'm so excited for this year and what it brings. This is definitely one way to start it right. :)