Originally posted 2008-08-27 18:48:59.
Caitlin’s recent medical condition (it’s not as serious as it sounds, really) has made me become aware; or at least reminded me again, of the magnitude of the role as a parent.
As parents at this point in their lives we are their only reference. Medical conditions, physical safety, social behaviours, questions on these all have to be answered by us parents; at least in my household. Other times it will be their maternal grandparents, since they are in their care during office hours.
I can already see this as a first in a series of “events” in raising a girl.
That they are different in that they have an appendage where girls don’t
Can be rough, dirty, bullies in school, perhaps even uncontrollable
Are such strange creatures of (or so *they* claim!) simple-mindedness
Are such interesting creatures, when I am in my teens
Can make interesting friends; but I gotta be careful of their hormones
Can make good friends, too
Can be so easily manipulated
Not all boys (men) are pigs!
Sorry, my fellow men, for betraying our own man-kind. I gotta be thinking in their shoes in order to be of any help to my daughter!
I will probably follow up soon with a similar list for my son!
Have I missed anything, ladies??
Originally posted 2008-01-18 11:40:11.
Now that we have two children, I find I have started to do something I never wanted to.
“Was Caitlin ever this noisy / demanding / small / colour? Did she ever need this much cuddling / changing / feeding / diapers?”
Having grown up being the youngest with siblings whom have been performers in school & their chosen careers; & being something short of mediocre myself, I have always been weary of the consequences of being compared against. My “philosophy” in parenting has thus included the avoidance of comparing my children against one another.
Yet I find myself already doing exactly that. This, when Caleb is only just over a week old.
I can say at the moment these sentiments have generally stemmed from frustrations of Caleb not sleeping longer than an hour, ALWAYS because he was left on the bed (ie not in someone’s arms where he’d sleep so peacefully), his weight, the level of his cries, how much he takes in per breastfeed, etc.
But I dread what other factors would be popping up from now on..
“When did Caitlin start walking? This one’s a bit slow / VERY early isn’t he!”
“When did Caitlin start talking?”
“Caitlin used to (still does) sleep through the night; man, he’s a handful this one…”
“Hey! Caitlin’s first words were Daddee! What’s wrong with you boy??!“
Originally posted 2008-06-16 02:32:57.
Just posting a quick follow up on Father’s Day celebrations!
Had dim sum lunch with my parents and my two brothers and their families, Hot Mummee shouted!
And dinner with my inlaws here:
Afterwards I asked if Hot Mummee wanted to split the lunch’s bill with me- I was surprised she shouted that. She then tells me it’s coming out of our joint savings, and not her own personal wallet!
Originally posted 2008-02-05 10:44:27.
This was how I was teaching an Adelaide-based Canadian friend, on how to pronounce the greeting of the season.
Happy Chinese New Year, dear readers!
Our’s will be, as usual, fun-filled with boisterous family members of three generations, all gathered at my parents’ place (my father being the eldest in his family), all turning up in new clothes to usher in the new year, ang pow’s being given out, food aplenty, tidbits everywhere, sounds of distant lion-dance-troupe drums banging.
Recent years, of course, have been a little different for obvious reasons. This year again will be yet more different with the addition of grandchild #15 (on my parents’ count), whom is also 1 month-old on the first day of Chinese New Year.
If you can tear yourself away from the fun-fill festivity to leave a comment here, How do you celebrate your Chinese New Year?
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Originally posted 2010-10-27 22:13:14. How time flies. Blink (of) an eye, as the Chinese saying goes, and it has already been 3 years since Caitlin started pre-school. And as with tradition with her school, the annual concert is also the … Continue reading
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Originally posted 2008-07-12 03:09:55. . Just wanted to share our little outing this evening…. that almost didn’t happen… Since the Genting trip and getting a thrill from the ferris wheel there, I thought the next mini adventure for the little … Continue reading
Originally posted 2008-04-21 12:15:34.
Hey, what’s this thing I can see before me? 4 on this side, 4 on this other side, and a shorter one each on both sides…?