Thursday, March 05, 2015

Reflections, thoughts and becoming a mum of 3..

Just that day, I had parents of my students asking me: so how are you coping with 3 kids? I felt a lump in the throat but I didn't hesitate to say,"Good!"

Time flies. It has been about 4 and half months since I became a mum of 3. *gasp*

Well if you were to ask me if it's easy? I sure say no.
And I really wonder how you all brave mothers of a brood do it all!

I am not a good planner for sure but this time round, Ray papa and I had try to make lots of plan way ahead as we knew for sure things are definitely not going to turn out as it is going to be. 

Many moons ago.. Here were the few options we could thought of:

  • Hiring extra help
  • Putting Lil I in infantcare
  • Putting Isa in student care
  • I work half days
  • Stop working

Option 1:
was the easy way out but thinking of having an extra person in our downsized flat is not the ideal choice. Plus it will definitely bring up the overall costs in the household as we would be having an extra mouth to feed. But those friends out there with 2 helpers, is it really easier? I am still tempted really.

Option 2:
Good option but as I was doing full breastfeeding, I would rather stick this lil fellow to my chest and not let him go off so soon. Already so heartpain to know that I went back to work when he was only 2.5 months, I guess this was not the preferred choice. Anyway there isnt any vacancies in the infantcare with the area I stay. It is how interesting God has plan for me.

Option 3:
It is a "I would if I could" choice but alas the student care in Isa's P school was not willing to accept him as they only take in children without extra help (aka no helper, no grandparents staying with them kind). Unfortunately, I belong to both categories. I did scout around for other choices of student care but they just didn't appeal to me at all. Ah Xiu yee yee, why your student care so far....? Keeping my options open still. 

Option 4: 
A very big sacrifice indeed as I will suffer a paycut (read huge) but I knew this will be in return for quality time with the kids. I'm still pondering over this still.

Option 5: 
This was the last and the quite impossible choice I would make unless circumstances force me to. I would love to but guess I can only opt for this provided that I have to let go of my helper maybe. I guess not possible for the time being and Ray papa and I made a pact: we will choose to have a stay in helper until Lil I is big enough to take care of himself (mayb when he is 8-10?). We don't know either. 

No prizes to win for guessing correctly which option I take. 

My cheeky kids.. Oh such a love and hate affair.

As for now, we only have one stay in helper, no extra tuition for Isa and no enrichment for Dora either as our strings are really tight but guess nothing beats having a home you call your own. 

Amazing sight at sunrise.

Calming moment for sunset.

And oh, I do have special arrangements from work that I work only half days on Mondays, with full days on other days. Yes it comes with a pay cut but I know I am contented.

And for whatever I have, I still have the Lord to thank for.

Monday, February 23, 2015

How we spent our 2015 CNY..

The long weekend just passed by really quickly. And I am so glad that the kids really enjoyed themselves with minimal screaming from me.

19 Feb 2015 (CNY's eve)
I had to work half day thus thought bringing Dora to my workplace was the better option than keeping her at home.

She loves this little playhouse.

Ms Gungho at work at the trampoline.

See how flush her cheeks are from all the time at outdoors?

And she just knocked out soon after I started driving home.

Then came this pre-reunion dinner workout.. ah..  seems like Dora and lil I dont look very convinced while Ray papa and Isa really got a little drama huh.

Then we literally got down to car washing..

The enthusiastic "cleaner"

The "window scraper"

And we had our first lohei in our new home!
Huat ah!

ah.. lil I still not very convinced.

20 Feb 2015 (Thursday) - First day of CNY

The gathering was set at one of my uncle's big house. The kids had a whale of a time singing their lungs off.

And also when the 2 of the 4 horsey cousins met.
4 mth old 7.3kg lil I VS 4mths 3 weeks 8.1kg baby S
Maybe this is what they say.. 一山还有一山高
(literally translated as "one mountain higher than another" - 
meaning there is always someone better than you)

And after only 1 round of visitation, the two older ones KO!
Do you happen to notice that lil I always has a funny expression.

21 Feb 2015 (Friday) - Second day of CNY

Someone got caught in the act!
Dora was so amazed and intrigued with my make up kit that she "asks" for it.
So I gave her to "try" it out. Just a brush with a loose powder cover.
I did eventually applied lip gloss for her though.
Am I expecting manicure session for her soon? *gasp*

And with a very special request from Ray papa's cousin from US, we actually had a chance to take a super rare family photo with my mil!
Thank Marcus. You indeed made everyone had such a special and memorable CNY this year!
But.. im just so tickled by lil I's expression again.

22 Feb 2015 (Sunday) - Fourth day of CNY

Just another round of lohei at my folks' place.

So how many times did you lohei?

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Counting down to the year of the Ram..1 week to go

Pardon me for the irregular updates here as we are still settling down in our new abode. (I only have less than 10 cartons to go!) Work has been kind to me and I am very thankful. Kids have been keeping me on my toes as handling a 8 yr old boy, a threenager and a lil baby had indeed prove to be very challenging indeed.

I am definitely pushing myself (always) over my limits (or so I think I am jumping over the edge sometimes) but I am very glad our brood of 3 is a very good number for our humble family.

And as we count down to usher this year of the Ram, the Low family would like to wish everyone ahead:

Happy Lunar New Year and
May good health stay with you always
Huat ah!

a lil lady for a lion head accompanied by a bandit tail.
this is just one of the post dinner-pre CNY activities that we do at home.

So how has your preparations been so far?

Friday, February 06, 2015

Dora reciting chinese poem: 悯农 by 李绅.

Dora at 36 months reciting 悯农 by 李绅.

In case if you did not get what Dora was reciting, here is the original poem.

锄 禾 日 当 午,
汗 滴 禾 下 土。
谁 知 盘 中 餐,
粒 粒 皆 辛 苦 。

Monday, January 26, 2015

Sponsored review: Holiday program at The Giving Tree House

Since Isa started primary school last year, it has always been on my thought that I should perhaps place Isa in a student care so that the helper can concentrate on the chores and the baby. Well I was only more than glad when we were offered a slot in the holiday program from The Giving Treehouse (TGT) last December! 

You see, being the education line, choosing a school for the kiddos is a big thing for me. Even when my child is only going there a short while. But when I looked at TGT's holiday program, I knew they are definitely the right one! 

I always believe that providing a child's education is important but what really impressed me was that TGT's holiday program not only covers the basic program of taking care of children, they also looked into nurturing a child's character building. How often do you have a student care bringing children to an old folk's home.. or even a flag-raising event? 

This was the message that I saw at TGT on my first day of arrival with Isa.
Not only the children get to "create", they get to "play" and also to "love".

Little works of children.

Love the positive vibes in the centre.

And of course, not forgetting the enthusiastic boy.

Although Isa only attended for 2 weeks, he was totally awed by TGT's program and he raves about what he did at TGT when I went to fetch him at the end of the day.

Here are some snippets on what they did:

photo credits: TGT
Wind Sock and Wind Vane!

photo credits: Mummy Angie
So proud of my lil man.

photo credits from TGT
Play time at an indoor playground

Soon it came to the end of the 2 weeks for Isa. And how I wish I stay near enough to send Isa to TGT's after school care services.

And if you wish to know more about The Giving Treehouse and their after school care services, here are some information:

 or you may wish to contact them at the following:

The Giving Tree House
The Giving Treehouse Pte Ltd
5000F Marine Parade Road,
#01-24 Laguna Park
Singapore 449289

T: 6448 5700

Thank you again TGT for your hospitality throughout the program! 

#Disclaimer: The December holiday program was generously sponsored by The Giving Treehouse (TGT). No monetary compensation was made and all opinions are mine. 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Happy birthday to Isa and Dora..

We always have an early celebration for our birthdays at my folks' place.
This year was not an exception. And as the kiddos' birthdays were exactly a week apart, celebrating them together was just the easy way out.
And since Dora was old enough to make her own request, she asked for her own cake.

Black & White Russian Chocolate cake inside.

Can I say this is like my favourite cake of the year? Being a non chocolate fan, I could not help but keep digging into this cake for more.

Red Velvet cake with chocolate malt buttercream filling with cream cheese pink ombre stripes and flowers.

Being a all time favourite fan or RVC, this super dense cake was like superbly rich! Hmm there goes my diet.

These WOW cakes are from Créme Society and she is my personal friend.
Not promising you that you can get a discount but im sure you will not be able to find any replica of her cakes elsewhere as they are homemade with love. She is also one of the best halal homebakers who always have new creations in her pipeline as she puts in efforts in always upgrading herself just to provide the best for her customers.

this year we invited cousin J over so imagine it was like triple the fun!

Happy birthday kids.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Review of the NEW Pigeon Electric Breast Pump Pro

Being a new or a old timer mom, breastfeeding (bf) is always the top topic right after birth. I could not resist not thinking about it. And for me, it was not at all an easy journey. I didnt bf much or long enough for Isa (say only about 3 weeks or so), perhaps that was why I decided to bf Dora a lil longer (managed to bf for about 3 mths+). And now for lil I, I really hope I can stretch a lil longer. So I bought not 1, but 2 breastpumps (1 manual and 1 electric) and even had to borrow my bestie's double pump as a backup. See how determined I am this round?

And to help make my current bf journey even better, the kind people at Pigeon actually sent me this NEW model of electric breast pump pro to me for a review. It was like YIPEE!!

As Pigeon designs this new model of breastpump, 
they designed with the asian mum in mind.

History of Pigeon
Established in 1957, PIGEON is one of the world’s most trusted brands of baby products and is dedicated to meeting the needs of mothers and infants by offering innovative, affordable, comfortable and convenient products. 

It is proud to launch a new range of breast pumps that are crafted based on the company’s latest research findings on the best design for mothers to ultimately express and store milk with ease. The pumps boast two new features – 

Comfort ProperFitTM Soft Silicone Cushion and 
Made from soft and flexible silicone, PIGEON’S patented cushion is air-tight and moulds easily to the breast, providing a secure seal and comfortable fit that prevents air leakage during expression, which allows mothers to maximise milk flow. Based on research on Asian mothers in particular, PIGEON has customised two cushion sizes – regular (23mm in diameter) and large (27mm in diameter) – which are included in each breast pump set.

2-Phase Technology: Stimulation and Expression Mode The electric breast pumps are designed with two modes that enable mothers to successfully express milk efficiently.

Mothers who need help to stimulate the breast can use the stimulation mode where the pump is able to mimic a baby’s natural sucking rhythm that sends a milk ‘let-down’ signal to the breast to initiate milk flow.

Mothers can also enjoy customisable pumping with the expression mode that provides varying levels of suction power and speed, giving them the option of expressing milk in a shorter time. This helps mothers to express the hind milk – the high-fat and calorie-rich breast milk usually only present in the last stage of breastfeeding – more quickly. The hind milk helps babies to feel full for longer between feeds.

Pigeon Electric Breast Pump Pro
  • Comes with Comfort ProperFitTM Soft Silicone Cushion in 2 sizes (Regular 23mm / Large 27mm)
  • 2-phase technology function consisting of a Stimulation and Expression Phase that closely simulates a
  • natural feeding pattern 
  • Customised pressure and speed pumping: choose from a suction strength dial with 7 pressure level
  • settings and 4 suction speed 
  • User-friendly LED monitor that shows relevant information such as the duration of stimulation and
  • expression 
  • Comes with two modes of operation: electric or battery
  • Backflow prevention feature which ensures that milk does not flow back to the funnel
  • Includes a bottle and a stand to secure bottle and prevent spills

This was my milk collection right after lunch.  

Pumping milk in the middle of the night.

My experience so far with the New Pigeon Electric Breast Pump Pro:
  • The whole set of pump, wiring, bottle and all can fit into a small carrier, as compared to other bigger, bulkier models of breast pumps.
  • I like the illuminated screen and it also show long I have pumped so far.
  • They even show the intensity of the strength of the pump.
  • It is much quieter than the other brands of electric breast pump. The noise emitted from the pump was so insignificant that my colleagues didnt even realized I was pumping milk at my desk, right under my bf shawl!
  • The parts are easy to wash and assemble.
So Pigeon, can you please design a dual pump for this model? :D ok maybe I am too greedy. For now, I know this pump will go a long way with me. I also hope my review also helps you to decide your decision of choosing a good pump. Do give this model a try and I am sure you will not regret it.

Anyway here are some personal tips of mine to keep your bf journey going:
  • bf right after birth. You may request for the nurses to place baby and thus latch baby to help stimulate your hormones to get them ready for bf. Bf throughout your stay at the hospital. Dont feel bad about producing just one drop of milk for the baby as it was meant to be that way!
  • no time to latch baby? just pump! and at least pump till you feel your breasts are soft or empty.
  • dont stress yourself out when there is less milk being pumped out. Just relax and let the pump do its job. Read a magazine or browse thru your phone and take a look at your baby's pictures. 
  • Stay hydrated! I have had several pumps that would only collect less than 100ml from both breasts. Only did I realized that I did not drink much water through out the day rather. So after several days of "water parade", my milk supply from both sides can reach a much healthier amount.
  • Dont take it too hard when people make senseless comments such as "huh.. so little milk for your baby?" or "actually bf is so troublesome".. hmm for me.. "I just try my best". Period.
#Disclaimer: The NEW Pigeon Electric Breast Pump Pro were sponsored by Pigeon. All opinions are 100% mine.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

大侠's story to usher in 2015..

Once upon a time.. There was a very helpful 武林大侠 (hero of the olden days). 
Ok please pardon him for the attire as he was rushing off to his cousin's Leia's full month party.

This 大侠 loves his tuxedo.

One day.. He wanted to help his siblings as everyone is busy shifting to a new abode.

this is 大侠's big bro by the way. Hmm.. Seeing this mess, he decided to change his mind. He went to his sister instead.

This is yet another sight that turned him off. So he went to his parents... Hoping he can help them in a way or two.

But this made him even more devastated. He really hope to help but soon it was time for bed.

Thus our 大侠 went into a deep slumber...

大侠 could not help but fell deep asleep on his Dad's shoulder. This 大侠's skills was very deep and profound till he could even maintain his saliva's movement even when he is asleep.

Want to know more of this 大侠's adventure? Stay tuned...

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Bye bye 2014..

Today marks the last day of 2014 and it was pretty tough "horsey" year for most of us. Hope we all will have a smoother 2015 ahead.

Isa:, "Didi, say Happy New Year!"

Dora says,"I will throw away my tutu when I turned 3!"

Mama: sure or not?

Have a great celebration ahead and wish everyone good health always.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Blessed Christmas 2014..

Just as much as we were looking forward to 2014.. It actually flew past in a blast!
It has been a very fruitful year indeed as we received abundant blessings from The Lord. The biggest gift of all is definitely Isaiah. 

Another great milestone was also to receiving keys to our new place (like finally.. Yipee!!!) on this very last month of this year.

Now that we are yearning for a brand new start of a new year with our lil family of 5 in our new nest, how has your 2014 been?

The Low family hereby wishing everyone a blessed Christmas and a great year ahead! Most importantly stay healthy and happy!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Patriotic Singaporean.. toddler version

That is.. if you can make out what she says.
and yes I consider it a big milestone for my baby who is one month short of 3 years old.

The National Pledge is:
We, the citizens of Singapore,
pledge ourselves as one united people,
regardless of race, language or religion,
to build a democratic society
based on justice and equality
so as to achieve happiness, prosperity and
progress for our nation.


Friday, December 12, 2014

{sponsored post and discount code} Starting the Christmas mood at BlueTree Education

This has to be most disorganised school holidays for me as I juggle between a newborn and the other 2 kids. This was the first school holidays that started off with zero plans till we got invited by BlueTree Education for their "5 days of Christmas" Holiday program!

It was like YIPEE!! Isa was a lil apprehensive at first but soon my worries soon got unfolded on the very first day.

To what we were told, this "5 days of Christmas" program is going to be made up of fun-filled activites.. Storytime, hands on activities, craft work and even more!

Want to see what kind of fun that Isa had? Let's go..

Storybooks never fail to catch my eyes.
SO MANY titles related to the theme.

And story time never fail to catch Isa's attention.

Pretty Ms Reindeer to show some fun!

 Photos credits from

"Do you know how to roll like a roly poly?"

Photos credits from and edited by me.

A 7yr and a 3 yr having interactive play during craft time.
Theme of play was quite obvious.
How interesting. 

Handson activity that teaches the children direction..

Handson activity that turned our lil children into lil reindeers!

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Craft activity that promotes concentration and build on their fine motor skills.

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The appearance of Santa was sure a big surprise for the children!

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And everyone queued nicely for their turn with Santa.

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A very shy Ayra immersed in a conversation with Santa as Xavier and Isa looked on.

Photos credits from

"Santa, I have been nice."

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"Yes.. and I have been really really nice!"

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"What.. 5 days of fun is over so soon?"
Isa loves the program so much.
Thank you BlueTree Education.

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