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!

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

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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.

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"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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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

One man's trash is another man's treasure.. Spread the love to Rejoice Charity

We, many a times, often buy things on impulse and me guilty as charged. 

This is our 3rd year and counting. My family and I believe in "you receive through giving". No, we are not affiliated with any organization of any sort. But we often donate our preloved wearable condition clothes and bags to these children and teenagers in need.

My family inofficially adopts and sends them our preloved items and some brand new items such as towels and toothbrushes on a quarterly basis. A big thank you for the continuous support of many friends and family who have had share blessings with the children and family under the care of Rejoice.

And my lovable mom will help compact all the above items into the cartons below!

Viola and they are ready to be send out to Rejoice Charity.
And though everytime the shipment will take a couple of weeks to reach Rejoice in Changmai..

We are only more than happy that our cartons have reached safe and sound!
Most importantly.. we gift our thoughts to someone today.

And in case you were wondering, nope we do not collect cash of any kind for the shipment of these cartons. Just your love and thoughts would suffice.

And in this season of giving, if you have any items to donate, just give me a tinkle. They will definitely give someone a new hope.. #christmas #charity

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Isaiah is 1 month! Celebration Part II

Part II celebration on 29 Nov was a much bigger affair, in terms of pax and also in terms of spread of cuisine.

Another creative balloon bouquet by

The ever stylo popo and Dora.
And when did this baby girl suddenly appear looking so much taller and matured?

The very dedicated Ray papa who is always so meticulous over the details.
"Happy Birthday" it says.
It is indeed a celebration of a birth, isn't it? 

Us giving the last touch to the spread of food.

Chicken rice and mee siam.
Not a common sight in our normal buffet spread.
I had at least 2 servings of each. Muahah..
Mainly because there were too many people carrying my baby so my hands were quite free! Haha..
Love you my cousins!

The fruit platter.

Satay as side dish and tao suan for dessert.
Thank you Mum's Kitchen for this sumptuous spread.
Your food made everyone so happy.. ok maybe it's just me.

And Isaiah saying "thank you!"

#Disclaimer: this is not a sponsored post.  

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Isaiah is 1 month! Celebration part 1..

Blessed with good weather and in the company of good friends, we held a simple buffet dinner in lieu of Isaiah's full month on 21/11 (Friday).

Most important of all.. Confinement is over!

A big thank you for my very last minute request for this very sweet and nice baby boy ballon bouquet.

Do look into their Facebook for more pictures and mention rayconniebaby for a special discount! FYI they have hampers services too!

Due to time constraint and orders limitation, the only reliable caterer took our order and delivered them on time and I would say the standard of the food was satisfying. 

Did this montage with my phone app and thought it was quite funny.

Yet another chance for Ray Papa to showcase his hidden talent.

Not to mention that we also prepared the usual full month cake for our close friends.

 And this time round, mama Connie decided to add little tinge of fun for the children as well.

Xav's Korkor was so such a sweetheart to Isaiah. :)

Not forgetting special guests who made my night.

Thank you to all the Aunties and Uncles.. Jiejie and Korkor who came to Isaiah's full month celebration. Your presence was really important to us..
Till later.. To continue with part II of the Isaiah's full month celebration.
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