Ben’s First Performance on the Stage

I was thrilled and happy when Ben’s teachers told me that there would be an annual concert and all the kids would be performing. I was wondering whether he’d cooperate or not as he could be moody at times. It took about 2 months to train them for 4 performances. Before long, he could show us a bit of his performance at home when we begged him to. I was quite disappointed when I saw the costume that we had to buy for the concert. It wasn’t nice and too big for him too. Anyway, I adjusted it to fit him a bit better. The other parrot costume was rented.

He was quite excited the day before the concert. When I told him Mummy and Daddy will go to your concert to see you, he said “I want Mo Mo to see me also”. Ha ha.. so I told him that Mo Mo will make noise or fall asleep. On the concert day, he woke up in a good mood, took shower, dressed up and was ready to go! The concert started at 10am but, we got to be there at 9am. Later we found that it is not good to go there too early, as he got bored a bit while waiting for his turn and almost lost his good mood and excitement. Anyway, Daddy and Mummy really enjoyed the show and were busy taking photos and videos. We were so proud of him as he could perform all the shows steadily and seriously with a smile. Well done baby!

Teachers doing make-up for him behind the curtain.

Ben with make-up for the first time, smiling with his good friend. hee.. hee.. lip sticks and blush!

After waiting for about 1.5 hours, there he was! First time on the stage, getting ready to perform, 3rd from right.

The first performance was “Repercussion”, playing some musical instruments. He was beating the small instrument which we did not get a chance to look at. He was beating it in his hands like clapping.

Second one was “Have you ever seen a lessie” and the third was “Ni Wa Wa”.

The last one was Parrot Dance and he danced very well, 2nd from right.

Singing out loud wholeheartedly.


Bye Bye Suck Suck

Mo Mo had to say bye bye to her favorite ‘suck suck’ at 21 months. Suck Suck is what she calls mummy’s milk.

It was both relieved and sad moment for mummy when I had to stop breastfeeding. Relieved because, she will be able to sleep independently without habitual wake up to look for milk. Besides that, I will be able to travel for conferences to make a good CV if she can sleep without mummy. Sad because I had to deprive something she likes so much and also addicted to and entitled to. Sad also because, I enjoyed breadfeeding as it is very bonding & cuddling. I can’t really describe the real feeling of breastfeeding. Sometimes, it caused a little hassle when I had to rush back to home to BF or wake up at nights but I never felt it as a chore. It is the BEST DIM (Done it Myself) gift I could ever give to her, not the beautiful dresses.

I could breadfeed Ben just for 6 months as I was working at that time and did not know how to prolong the production and the output decreased itself. But now since I’m doing further study, I have more time for Mo Mo and even planned to BF till 2 years. But somehow, the output is getting less and I find that it is better to stop her addiction, the ealier the easier.

Well.. it’s been 2 weeks she has sort of forgotten about it. On the first night, in fact, we tried to let her sleep with daddy but failed coz she cried too much for mummy. So we changed to Plan B, i.e, slept with mummy, no BF. To my amaze, she was fine, she fell asleep on my chest, instead of sucking. She woke up 2 times and cried a little but not long, I tried to offer her milk bottle but she refused. It was not what she needed. It was just habitual wake-up. The next days, she fell asleep on my chest and then gotta put her down slowly. She woke up 1 or 2 times just to make some noise and continued to sleep. Now the second addiction is sleeping on mummy, not on the bed. I guess she needs body touch to fall asleep as baby sitter carry her to sleep in day time. So, I tried to make her sleep on the bed by praising her “wow, Mo Mo can sleep on the bed”. So, she tried to please me.. she just fell asleep on the bed for the first time after 2 weeks!

Power of Praise works extremely well for her but not always for Ben.

A Trip to Taiping

It’s been a long time we haven’t gone for a family trip by road due to a few reasons. We have made trips by flights which seems to be easier than driving for hours. Recently, we realized the need to have some fun and planned a day trip to Taiping, which is a neighbor to Penang yet, never been explored. To add more fun, our good friends, Andrew, Kylie and their lovely princesses, Chloe & Shanice joined us! They were born just a week and a month away from Ben & Anniina. We all had fun in Taiping Zoo and children couldn’t stop running and flying around like butterflies in famous Lake Garden which offers breathtaking view.