Sunday, February 22, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
The main reason of us looking for a day care centre for Ryan is because I will be going back to the corporate world next Monday and I would not be able to look after him as much as I have over the past 8 months. And we are not at all comfortable to leave him all alone with the maid, although she seemed to love him and vice versa.
I should be happy (and I am) to be able to secure a reasonable and challenging job in such economic times. I have been on semi-retirement for several years now to set some of my life priorities right. (Too much running around in my last several jobs). Although I enjoyed the freedom, I found that over time, I am no longer as sharp as I want to be. Probably, the lack of practice (and stress) have made me slower and dull. So I was on a look out to get back to work and to sharpen it before I become completely obsolete.
Yet in my anxiousness to get back to the boardroom and the rat race, I am also sad because I will be spending less time with Ryan. One thing that I treasure most in my last 8 months was the quality time that I could spent with him, giving me the very hands on experience that I never had before.
It doesn’t help when this new position requires me to work half day on Saturdays as well. So, I would have less time with them and I guess that I would really need to have quality time during the weekend. Getting back to the corporate world would also meant less time to blog and to read blogs, something that I have grown to love. So, don’t stop visiting if this blog does not get updated as often as before or I could not visit you as frequently as before. I intend to keep this blog as a growing journal for Ryan, leaving behind sweet memories that we could relive in days to come.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
How time flies. It still seemed like yesterday that we were eagerly expecting his arrival in the hospital. I could still remembered clearly the night before his expected arrival and how my wife went into labor at midnight although she was told that the doctor will start inducing only at 7 the next morning. In fact, by 7:15am, Ryan was already smiling at us.
I could still remember the epidural episode which started around 3 am in the morning which lasted till 4 am. By 1 am, we have already informed the nurse that we wanted epidural. The anesthetist only arrived at 3 am, looking like he just woke up from his deep slumber. Apparently, he has to come all the way from Ampang and we were in Damansara Specialist Centre. As usual the nurse gave us the form to fill which warns us about the effects and risks etc etc. My wife was like, “Just give me the damn form to sign and get on with it!” The most heart stopping moment was when he has already given the first dose and has this puzzled look when my wife complained that she is still feeling the pain! Wow. Damn stressful!
I still remembered dozing off at 5am when my wife’s pain subsided with the epidural finally kicked in, only waking at 7am, calmly walking into the labor room without realizing that my wife is just moments away from delivering.
Sweet moments of his arrival comes flooding back and we could not help but be totally amazed with this greatest Gift from God to us.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
After his first teeth, we were eagerly anticipating his second lower teeth to come out as well. But surprise, surprise! When I was cleaning his mouth yesterday, he gave me a bite and the pain sensation did not come from the bottom of his mouth but from his upper jaw instead. On closer inspection, there it was, his second upper front teeth just broke out. Now, I really got to watch out when he grab my finger and put it inside his mouth else I will end up with a bandaged finger. Happy to say, another significant milestone chalked up in his journey with us.
Friday, February 6, 2009
Hello. Sorry for the long absence and silence. It has been quite a crazy week after we came back from our Chinese New Year holidays. We have been busy hunting for a day care centre or a babysitter for Ryan as I will be unable to take care of him full time in about one week time. (More of that later in another post).
Ryan has just turned 8 months on the 30th of January. We managed to grab several shots of him while playing with him on our bed. Looking back, we realized that he has grown quite a fair bit.
Some updated information about him as at to-date:-
- He can crawl pretty well and will engage his F1 zoom speed when he sees something he wants and within seconds, will be grabbing it and happily putting it into his mouth. So, have to watch over him like a hawk in case he falls or grabs and chew on things he is not supposed to.
- He can sit up on his own now though he prefers to be carried.
- He likes to twirl and twist and climb all over us when we carry him, putting extra strain on my arms and hands. My mum calls him the `screwdriver’ and has been complaining that he is the `naughtiest’ grand child she has!
- He is a happy baby, smiling to everyone he comes across, even to complete strangers, hence, also attracting attention wherever he goes. This little guy got good PR skills.
- He cries and is cranky when wants to eat, sleep or wants attention. Give him the attention that he wants, and he is one happy little fella, giggling, grinning with his ever cheeky smile.
- He has only one tooth and he enjoys sinking that sharp little thing into my fingers whenever he has the chance.
- He is drinking 6oz of either breast milk or formula every 2.5 hours.
- He sleeps through the night most of the time if he has his last feed around mid night.
- He still likes to be carried to sleep but will sleep happily in his own baby cot.
- He has officially setup my wife’s and mine responsibility for him. Daddy is a play toy and to feed him. Mummy is `manja’ (sweet talk) and to put him to sleep.
- He is already on solids. He eats rice cereal mixed with steamed apple three times a day.
- He enjoys his daily bath though he hates having his face wiped or his head washed. So, daddy has been having a hard time getting this done everyday.
- He enjoys being completely naked and roll and crawl all the over bed.
- He hates wearing pullovers or jumpers especially when putting them on.
- He has developed his own set of vocabulary that no one understands.
- He is inquisitive and always curious with a sharp eye, constantly looking out for new things that he wants to grab and play.
- He is like a F1 driver once we put him in his walker.
- He enjoys kicking Zoewe, our toy poodle whenever she comes near